Time killers in long flights, Dealing with Jet lag, Airline tips and recommendations

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#31 Jul 20th, 2007, 23:55
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one word: yoga.

it's a good idea to move every hour to lessen the chances of deep vein thrombosis (DVT.) I did my practice in the aisle on both flights to Germany and then to Chennai. No one batted an eye -- most people were eating, drinking, reading, or passed out anyway.

as a joke for my trip my students gave me a book "In Flight Yoga"....it's not a bad book for yoga virgins.
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#32 Jul 24th, 2007, 10:43
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OF course these days I doubt you'd be able to take your food, water or rosewater on board! There is some sort of limit to liquids I think.
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God, yes... I'm not looking forward to my next flight. I hate not having my own bottle, and having to wait for service every time I want one mouthful of water.

I used to carry a small spray bottle with a drop of lavender oil added to water --- very refreshing, sprayed on the face.

I even used to carry sandwiches!
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you can still take your own food, and you can buy your own bottle of water in the terminal AFTER you go through security. Or, you can ask the cabin crew, and they will give you a bottle, this has the advantage of being free. (sort of).

Also ipods are crap, everyone i know who has had one has had problems with it. mine has never worked properly and I consider it the worst waste of my money ever. but I cant imagine a long haul flight without it...
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Originally Posted by mairangi_vice View Post you can still take your own food, and you can buy your own bottle of water in the terminal AFTER you go through security.
We went to a concert the other night (RHCP) - were searched at the door, our water bottles thrown in the bin and then we had to buy water on the other side at $4.00/bottle - we had our 12 year old with us, I was FURIOUS!!!!!!
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What, in the 'name' of 'security'?

I remember a UK TV consumer report about some Med resorts strictly not permitting residents to buy bottles outside, thus forcing them to pay the exorbitant hotel prices.

I wonder if it was actually legal to treat you as they did?
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Well its amazing what people get away with in the name of security these days! Locking up Doctors who give their sim card to their cousin, taking away their visa etc etc etc.

They took everyone's water - there was a huge bin full of plastic water bottles. Who knows if its legal, you've paid your $120 bucks!! You have a huge security guard frisking you, you do as your told - sucks doesn't it!
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Originally Posted by Barryjames View Post Some days prior to your departure date, think your brain into looking forward to the whole journey, not just the flight part. Long haul, you are probably looking at the best part of a day in your valuable life, accept it, leaving your abode, the airport, the people, the new experience, the aeroplane, the new people that you are going to meet, the landing and the search for your baggage on the conveyor belt, look forward to everything and the journey will seem like a few enjoyable hours.

Dread the forthcoming journey; it will colour your last few days before leaving and worst of all, the journey will seem like a lifetime of purgatory.

Don't worry, be happy. Live each minute , hour, day, as if it was going to be your last: One day it will be!
I love what you wrote as that is the philosophy I have been working on in my life for many things. I did my best to feel this way when we did the US to Chennai trip and it really helped.

I am one who is not able to really sleep on a plane/in a car, whatever- so it was a long trip but was overall fine. We did not drink alcohol- took lots of Dr. Bachs' Rescue Remedy drops for nerves/anxiety when needed and did the EmergenC packs (mixed in water) most every hour of the flight to keep immune system up and running.

We did great upon landing and only having a couple hours to sleep before we were up and running for the entire day. It was after our trip back home that it seemed to take several weeks to adjust mentally/physically again. I kept feeling like I still had one half of my body/emotions in India...very weird!

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I can tell you how other people spend their time on flights:

- kicking the back of my chair rhythmically, then stopping just long enough to think it won't happen again, then starting again
- coughing a worryingly nasty-sounding, SARS-like cough
- sitting in the row of seats in front of me and then complaining to the air hostess about their meal for 5 minutes, while my food is RIGHT THERE in the aisle waiting for me to be the next person served
- screaming (the under 4s)
- screaming (the aero-phobic)
- standing up and leaning over me to search for something in the overhead bins, pulling it out, realising it's not what they were looking for, putting it back, taking it out again to see what's behind it, then pulling that out and finding it's not what they wanted....

and how do I cope?

- free alcohol!
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avoiding alcohol on the flight may help jetlag

After many long haul flights, followed by brain-bent jetlagged days and sleepless nights, I took the advice of a friend (a veteran long hauler) to avoid drinking alcohol on the plane. He strongly recommended drinking juice and water instead. And it really made a difference for me.

If you don't drink and still have jetlag, you may be S.O.L.
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As soon as I get on the flight, I change my watch to the time of the country to which I am travelling. With an iPod or Shuffle, I put a 'talking book' on it to listen to....this can take up a lot of time and be very relaxing! An 'hypnosis' sleep file could also be helpful. I usually take eye covering with me and will use the aircraft airphones when sleeping as it blocks out noise. When I need to go to the toilet, I will do some stretching exercises. When I arrive, I fall into their time right away regardless of how tired I am. I take an Ambien (sleeping pill) on the first night.
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Sound reduction headphones.

they work great even if you are listening to nothing at all....turn them on and the sound of the engines and the babble of tourists almost dissapears..

a bit off topic


My last flight to India was for a mission, but my organisation only shells out business class tickets for flights or travel longer than 9 hours.

so cattle class it was

seat nr. 36 aisle ( I think) next to the toilets.
only 2 seats in this row... I though maybe this is OK, even with all the traffic with the lavatory being so close.

it wasn't
the person taking the window seat was a 450 pound American women fom Arkansas
Legs like trees, arms like my legs, chins stacked like a multi layer german cake.... she was just HUGE
After take off and the seatbelt light goes off ( she received a seatbelt extension...it wouldn't fit) she popped the armrest up saying now I will make myself comfy.
Her left hip shot out and pressed me into my armrest and her ample bosom and left arm pushed my body into the aisle.
So I am hanging in the aisle with my torso blocking all traffic.

ONLY 9 HOURS to is all I can think.
After 20 minutes my legs fell asleep due to the blocked arteries and the flight attendants seeing my plight offered me one of the seats in the kitchen area.

I am sure now it was well planned by this women to get a second seat for free.

THIS WAS BY FAR THE WORST FLIGHT I HAVE EVER HAD.
Thank God we had a rest day in Dehli before doing the rest of the trip


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the person taking the window seat was a 450 pound American women fom Arkansas
Legs like trees, arms like my legs, chins stacked like a multi layer german cake.... she was just HUGE
After take off and the seatbelt light goes off ( she received a seatbelt extension...it wouldn't fit) she popped the armrest up saying now I will make myself comfy.
Her left hip shot out and pressed me into my armrest and her ample bosom and left arm pushed my body into the aisle.
So I am hanging in the aisle with my torso blocking all traffic.




Hey Migrantruxo ........You have my deepest sympathy
I had a similar experience on a flight to China once, where I shared the plane with a group of German folk singers. The guy next to me was HUGE, not only did I get squashed out into the aisle, but I had 11 hours of folk singing in German.

On the subject of killing time in flight ..... this is what works really well for me:

Listening to good quality hypnosis and relaxation recordings on my mp3 player.

Thank god for mp3's and downloads

I just put my headphones on, and chill out for a few hours.
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Happy to see this thread is revived!

My solution to long hauls:

Earplugs + ipod

Shawl to cover the face

Easily digestible snacks

slippers or heavy socks

Saline spray for my nose

no alcohol

a sleeping pill

drink a lot of water so you will automatically wake up every hour or so to use the lavatory. This way, you get your exercise and get a chance to refuel with more water. I dehydrate very easily, so I think I must have gone through 5 large airline provided bottles of water on the non stop flight from DEL to EWR. Security confiscated our water bottles we bought in the security area before we got on the flight


-C (anticipating her flight in a few weeks!!)
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Originally Posted by Cardamom View Post Happy to see this thread is revived!

Security confiscated our water bottles we bought in the security area before we got on the flight
That happened to me in the Bogota airport as well. An airline official was standing at the entrance to the gate waiting area and wouldn't let me enter with the water bottle I had purchased just a few meters away in the terminal hallway! Not sure I understand that logic but I complied so I could get home.

Noise-cancelling headphones. Wouldn't fly without them despite the bulk.

And I'm a big big fan of melatonin. Works like a charm for me.

~gg (Also looking forward to my flight in two weeks!)
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