@tinamarie1974 Sleep (with seat belt firmly fastened, and emoji pillow and face mask properly fitted), and hope I wake up, having had a safe landing. That background hum and (usually) gentle vibration helps put me out.
I haven’t traveled much but found I had no trouble sleeping on the long flight from Japan to Singapore despite the extreme turbulence. What woke me was loose items flying around the cabin. When I’m not tired…movies because I rarely watch them and so even old ones are new to me. Watched Gladiator on my way back from SGP I think and was worried about people seeing me fighting back tears.
I’m really jealous of all you who sleep the flight away. I’ve never been able to get to sleep on a plane. Even a 10 hour flight from LHR after already being awake for 20 hours and I was desperate for sleep. But no joy. sleep evaded me even then.
@ruouttaurmind Being a private pilot, I am comfortable flying and sleep pretty easily on commercial flights. But even considering that, I was surprised the time I woke up and we were at cruise altitude. I’d fallen asleep somewhere between the gate and runway and totally missed takeoff and climb.
1.I gather up a bunch of magazines from the mail, clip the address labels, and pack them with my carry on bag to read later.
2.On my last flight I grabbed my Kindle Fire 8, activated airline mode, and used Netflix’s download to watch offline feature. Stranger Things, Fuller House, and The Joel McHale Show were on my device (with Death Note the movie if necessary). The passenger next to me was looking at the in flight video on demand and couldn’t figure out how I was watching all my content without an internet connection.
3.Bringing a book with various types of puzzles for future flights. I stink at crosswords, although I was on one flight where the person next to me was doing a New York Times crossword puzzle and kept asking me if I knew the answer to various lines (I did).
4.Talking to passengers. While I am not one to start conversations, others have and they can make a flight less uncomfortable.
I listen to music, loud on my i-pod Nano, while playing Dr Mario or Scrabble on my Game-Boy. I could never fall asleep on a plane. I first flew in 1958, a promotional jaunt for airline employee families, over the Rockies, Denver to Grand Junction, Colorado in a DC-3. A roller coaster all the way, but when you’re 9, you think it’s pretty cool. Since then, turbulence doesn’t bother me, but sleeping is definitely out.
I always bring a tablet loaded with a long list of movies. Then I find myself just watching some of the movies being offered on the in-flight entertainment system. Sixteen hours worth of flying on my last trip and I don’t think I ever pulled the tablet out of my bag.
Reading, for shorter flights that means magazines, for longer flights a book.
Watch a movie, particularly if there is inflight service. Watching a movie on my phone doesn’t appeal to me and I don’t typically travel with my notebook. Watching on my Kindle might be a last resort if I have it with me. (I typically unplug on vacations)
Looking out the window if there is a view (i.e., not cloud covered)
I can sleep if the flight is long enough, but I have to be sufficiently fatigued.
A puzzle book (sudoku, crossword, word search) would be a good option, but it never occurs to me to bring one.
Less than two hours, I can go full-on David Puddy mode
Here is the strategy I’ve settled on after many flights across the Atlantic/Pacific: watch movies, and keep watching movies. Any movies they have.
One time I re-watched all 3 Star Wars prequels on one flight from Geneva to LA. Sure, I had many other movie options that I didn’t already know first-hand to be profoundly terrible. And I could have watched something on my laptop. BUT:
Using the plane’s entertainment thingy, you don’t have to keep the tray table down or worry about battery
Choice paralysis must be avoided at all costs
When you’ve already seen a movie you hate, you know exactly the ways in which you’ll hate it. So it won’t surprise you, and you’re already somewhat inured to its badness. Whereas if you watch a movie for the first time and hate it, you’ll be constantly tempted to turn it off and go back to staring at the list of movies, which is marginally less entertaining than The Phantom Menace.