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1. Posted by lclaire (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Okay i know there are tons of films etc to watch but apart from films and reading anyone got any good ideas or thigs i could take to pass teh time of a 21 hr flight (12 and 9hrs)??
Look foward to hear some imaginative inventive ways of passing the time! I cant stand flying (soo boring!)

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Just sit and wait. I also don't like flying (except the take-off and landing....that is fun). I don't think this post will help;)

3. Posted by kevstump (Full Member 123 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Pick the ugliest flgith attendant (they are easier) and try everything you can possibly think of to try and join the mile high club with them along the way....that is entertaining, epsecially if you are competing with a friend!

4. Posted by Jessie C. (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Do whatever they decide you will do. It's inevitable.
You'll only be in the air for a few moments when the drink carts appear, and you'll say yes to that juice or wine because you have nothing better to do.
You may try to use your iPod, but you won't even get a chance to select your song because they'll be back, asking if you're done with that...
You'll zone out at the tv screens overhead, mesmerized by the little electronic plane marking your progress across the sky, the altitude and outside air temperature alternating with a the local time and temp for your destination. Be sure to check back often.
Dinner will be served immediately following a second drink. It will consist of everything you would never eat under other circumstances. You're not even that hungry - you just ate an hour or so ago in the airport terminal. But you will, as will every other passenger, tear into that aluminum foil to see what awaits. You'll pick at the limp salad, marvel at the wee-little Camembert (if you're on a fancy airline, like Lufthansa), and maybe even finish the unidentifiable protein that swims in the middle of it all.
They'll collect your trash, offer another drink, and pass out headphones at this time. Be alert, this is your last chance. Get EVERYTHING you may need, because it's...
Bedtime. The movie begins. Those crusty airline blankets are starting to appear. The big stinky man beside you takes off his shoes, and socks. The lights are dim, people are fed and quiet, and even the baby behind you has settled in a bit.
If you decide to watch the movie, or even if you don't but happen to be awake at the end, they'll put you out of your misery by turning off the lights completely. Now your brain KNOWS it's bedtime, even though it's only 20:00 by your clock. The headache from the cheap wine you drank before, during and after dinner helps.
And as you start to doze off, curled fetally in your seat to avoid the stinky feet, your seat reclined a few millimeters, your face buried in your own elbow as an alternative to their dirty, sodden pillows, someone will fart, and it will be fierce.
You'll be alone with your thoughts all night, I fear, as it's simply impossible to sleep on a crowded plane. You'll have many hours to think about your impending adventures. But you won't get a chance to study your phrase books or research the current currency exchange rates, because turning on your overhead light is a social sin punishable by a visit from a stern looking flight attendant, asking if you need anything. The implication, of course, being What are you still doing awake? Can't you just get along?
Even better than going to sleep at 20:00 is waking up 4 hours later. It'll be noon when you land 8 time zones away from where you started, and the airlines consider it their duty to acclimate you instantaneously. It is now maybe 24:00 by your clock, yet it is all sunshine and coffee and warm, moist towels on the plane.
You will wake up. Now.
Release your tray, it's time to drink, eat, drink again. This time, the food comes in a paper wrapping, which is almost as much fun aluminum. Stand in line to use the rank toilet (there is no irony when your seat neighbor emerges from the funk). It'll easily eat up a few minutes of your time to find the proper balance once you're in there.
The descent has started, and as mentioned in a previous post, this really is quite fun. Stare across the four people who block your view out the window. Return your attention to the overhead tv's, and try to deduce how many meters you're descending per minute. Alternate between the screen and the window until you land.
Stand by your seat, fully ready to go, bag over your shoulder (because you wisely stored it under the seat in front of you, where you could get to all the entertainment you packed for the flight but never got to). Wait for all 200 people in front of you to locate their belongings and disembark. This does not apply to most of Eastern Europe, of course, where they throw open ALL the doors upon arrival and the passengers are running across the tarmac before the pilot can uncap his flask.

Don't worry, there's plenty to do on a plane.

5. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm one of those fortunate people who can sleep anywhere, including jammed into cattle class seats on a plane, so my ideas of entertainment don't count.
I always travel with a puzzle book of logic problems, which I very rarely do. When I'm awake I tend to walk around the plane. People watching on long haul flights can be most interesting - stand back near the galley or toilets for a while and watch what other people do to entertain themselves. One hint, don't look people in the eye and laugh when the spill their orange juice over themselves trying to get the lid off, turn your back on them then laugh.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Iclaire

My usual way to pass the time on long flights is sleeping. Go out all night, the night before, and then sleep for several hours, of the flight.

If u mediatate or write letters u could also do them on the plane.


7. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I normally don't read them, but I found that Dan Brown's books make good on-board reading. They don't require a great deal of concentration, and you can throw them away afterwards without feeling guilty, as I would with real books.

8. Posted by Andrew2008 (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Ive done the Australia to Europe return flight 3 times and counting and am yet to find a way to fill the 20 odd hours..
One time I was fortunate enough to sit next to 2 Guys from Perth who drank pretty much the whole way.. After we got chatting every time they got a beer they would get one for me. Although there are a lot more trips to the toilet and the jet lag seemed worse it was probably the best 10 hours I've spent on a plane.

If u are thinking of doing this don't fly royal brunei airlines as they don't serve alcohol on their flights..

Happy travels.

9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3913 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

How about Sudoku?

10. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I go with the trying to see how many of the rows around you
you can get to have a party & drink the bar dry. Jet lag sucks either way so you may as well have a good time & piss off as many other passengers & flight attendants as you can, at least your alot more entertaining than the screaming child/ren 4 rows ahead Had a very memorable trip from Frankfurt to Bangkok in just such manner a few years back..