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Passing the Time on a Long Flight

Has anyone actually used these airplane credit card phones?

Every year, millions of people take to the skies in a bid to see foreign lands, whether it’s for business, a short holiday or a longer expedition, and for many of them the only drawback in the whole odyssey is the time spent in the air. A flight of four hours can seem more like eight if the passenger is bored, restless or uncomfortable, so here are a few tips to make the journey almost as enjoyable as the arrival.

Stay entertainediPad

The best way to pass the time in as quick a time as possible is to become engrossed in an activity, whether it’s reading, listening to music or playing a game. On long-haul flights, most carriers have seat-back entertainment options, but these days a tablet computer can give the passenger everything he or she needs to while away the hours. If you don’t already own an iPad or something similar, it’s a good idea to get one.

Watch a movieThe Best Rom-Com Ever!

Even the shortest full-length movies usually last for 75 minutes or more, so if you are able to take in a film, whether on the seat-back or on your tablet, you will be able to pass plenty of time without even noticing. It doesn’t matter if it’s an in-depth drama or a frothy rom-com, as long as it catches your interest that’s really all that matters. If you are able to plan your viewing in advance it will make the trip even more fun.

A Stretching Kitty Named Joy

This stretching Kitty’s name is JOY!

Get Moving

There is nothing healthy about remaining seated in the same position for several hours at a time, so make sure you keep moving in order to keep your blood flowing. The occasional trip to the lavatory is not enough, especially on a long flight – regular walks up and down the aisles, accompanied by plenty of stretching, is the best advice, and the latter should even be done when you’re sitting down. 


Play a gameWant a real challenge? Build a house of cards during turbulence.

If you don’t have a tablet computer with you, make sure you have a pack of cards in your flight bag. You might fancy a few hands of solitaire to keep yourself occupied, or if you’re travelling with a companion a session of gin rummy is an excellent idea. There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, especially when you’re desperately trying to pass some time. A crossword or perhaps a Sudoku puzzle or two wouldn’t go amiss, either.


David Showell is a regular flight passenger from the UK. He works for

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