I fly fairly often.  Sometimes I get to fly in nice, luxurious seats the size of small subdivisions.  Those are the trip reports I typically write up for you.  Waaaaay more often, though, I fly in coach.


Coach I guess isn’t too terribly bad, provided the flight isn’t very long and you get upgraded out of coach into business or first class.  But what do you do when you’re stuck in coach on a long flight?

More specifically, what do you do when you’re stuck in coach FOR 17 HOURS?!?!?!?!!!!!?!?!?!  I was in that predicament a few weeks ago from DFW-HKG and am staring at a repeat of it this weekend.

I can only speak for me, so I will.  Here is my routine:

Step one: Get upgraded

Step two: If 1 didn’t happen, cancel the flight get hammered make the best of the situation

Step three: I watch the Where the Hell is Matt videos on my iPad, they get me focused on my destination and how excited I’ll be when the plane lands MORE THAN HALF A DAY LATER

(the videos I watch, in order: this one, this one, this one, and then this final one)

Step four: I watch an episode or two of Top Gear (I keep quite a few seasons on my iPad)

Step five: I sit there and get bored.  We are really desensitized to all of the noise around us these days, so it’s ok to sit there with your eyes closed and do nothing.  It’s quite freeing actually.

Step six: depending on how long the flight is, get up and do some yoga

Step seven: sleep.  My sleep aid of preference is Melatonin (I’m not a doctor, this isn’t medical advice)

Step eight: get really excited about landing and then look at the flight map and realize there are still like 5-6 hours left

Step nine: start over at step one.


What do you do on long flights?

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