How long is too long for a long haul flight?

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1. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 764 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

This article came out where the airline Qantas wants to test if it is healthy for humans to fly longer than 18hr straight:

Qantas Airways' 19 Hour Flight Tests Passenger Limits

I am in two minds about long haul flights. I like to arrive sooner to a destination but I don't like being in a plane for so long. If we start to get to 22hr flights I'm not sure I want to do them. I think I would take two seperate flights and stop somewhere on the way.

If they keep pushing the length of flights what do you think would be your upper limit of hours flying?

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 332 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

I think I would take two seperate flights and stop somewhere on the way.

I'll take the tedium of being on a plane over the tedium of a layover any day - going through the routine and waiting around at an airport drives me batty.

Of course, stopping on the way to spend a few days in a layover city would be great, but if it's just for a few hours or just for a night in a hotel to grab some sleep before an early flight in the morning? Forget it - get me to my destination sooner rather than later.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Sep-2019, 14:52 GMT by road to roam ]

3. Posted by littlesam1 (Budding Member 60 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I flew from Beijing to New York returning from Bangkok several years ago. I don't think I would want to take a flight that long again. And then I still had a layover in New York before arriving home in Baltimore. I would gladly go back to Bangkok or Beijing again. But I would search for a better flight option. It's difficult for me to judge fairly though. I had fallen and thought I had a sprained ankle while in Thailand. So the long flight was quite uncomfortable with my ankle throbbing.

I am going to Hawaii in November leaving from Baltimore. I had a choice to change planes in Atlanta and fly direct to Honolulu or fly to LA and have my layover there. I went with LA. I thought the break in California and the shorter flight to Honolulu would be much easier.

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1362 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

We often take the 16 hour direct flight from Auckland to Dubai. Four hours awake, eight hours asleep and then four hours awake again works out perfectly! :):):)

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1204 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

The only really long flight I have taken was LAX to Sydney. (and back). I tried to figure out a way to stop over someplace (like Hawaii or Peru) but I couldn't work out a good way to do it.

I don't know that I would want to do a longer flight than that unless it was one of those planes with an upper deck where one could get up and walk around.

6. Posted by Dymphna (Full Member 164 posts) 1w 2 Star this if you like it!

If the plane was more comfortable it would not be as big of a deal. But sitting in steerage for that amount of time is painful.

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1215 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

We had a 23-hour return trip once. The flight wasn't that long; there were three plane changes. By the end of it, we decided, "Never again." Also a couple times we've flown to Detroit, spent a week with family in the area and then flown on to France. That was wonderful. Two shorter flights are great . . . but you have to have something to do or to visit to make it worthwhile. We've also thought of flying to D.C. and spending a few days before continuing to Europe.

If I had an 18+ hour flight, I'm sure I'd try to break it up with some sightseeing and relaxing between point A and point B. I agree with Dymphna that sitting in cattle class that long would be a nightmare.

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1032 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I've done London (LHR) - Singapore/KL/BKK on various occasions and that's the maximum I'd do in one go as I generally don't get more than 2 or 3 hours sleep (sometimes less) on a plane.
If I was going further then I'd definately want a 24 hour+ stop-over somewhere interesting.

9. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 123 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

The longest fligh we took (three times!) was Paris - Santiago de Chile. It was 14 hours nonstop in the air. I'd love to go to Santiago again, but as we get older such a long flight is to strenuous for me. I cannot sleep in an airplane, not one minute! My husband besides me sleeps just as he sat down.

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10. Posted by JimboWilso (Budding Member 3 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

I've done London (LHR) - Singapore/KL/BKK on various occasions and that's the maximum I'd do in one go as I generally don't get more than 2 or 3 hours sleep (sometimes less) on a plane.
If I was going further then I'd definately want a 24 hour+ stop-over somewhere interesting.

Hi Andrew, a friend and I are doing LONDON HEATHROW to SINGAPORE which, as you probably know, is 13+ hours. But we are going 'business class' should this make a difference?