Long Haul Flights – Passing Time

One of the questions I get is “What do you do for 14 hours on a plane?” It is quite a long flight and the kind of flight that I’ve done a few times – twice to Asia, twice to the Middle East, and once to South Africa.

First, you hope that there is a good choice of movies on the flight. With the newer VOD (video on demand) systems that come on many of the international flights, in both economy and business/first, I’ve watched many more movies on flights than in theaters.

Unfortunately, the movie list on this flight was not that great and contained a lot of TNT/TBS standards like National Treasure, the Bourne Identity, Iron Man, Batman Begins, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger. Don’t get me wrong, these are great movies but even I have seen them multiple times. I know, I know..#Firstworldpain.

So, here is how I spent my time..

  • Settle in
  • Read today’s Wall Street Journal
  • Watch an episode of “Louis” featuring Louis C.K.
  • Eat dinner
  • Watch Crazy Stupid Love
  • Sleep for 90 minutes

All that being done, I only had 9 hours of flying left..

Dinner was quite good and the service was attentive. It was just a simple service of:

  • Sushi appetizer
  • Salad with Parmesan pepper dressing
  • Beef tenderloin with green beans and rosti potatoes
  • Assorted cheese and crackers
  • Ice cream with choice of toppings

I accompanied the main course with a 2009 Chateau Argadens Bordeaux Superieur.

Okay, that’s enough. No one, not even my Mom, wants to hear the definitive recap of the whole flight. Suffice to say, the rest of the time is passed reading books on my iPad, watching a movie I’ve seen before, more eating, more sleeping, and plenty of sitting around hoping that the time will pass a little quicker.

No doubt, it is a long flight, but I’m now here in Tokyo having some dinner waiting for my next flight to Hanoi which is six more hours of flying.


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