Best way to kill time on a plane?

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  1. brian a

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    I just got home from a business trip to Orlando and might be lining up another Japan trip in the not too distant future, and I started wondering what the best way to kill time on the plane is. I don't travel particularly well, so I'd do just about anything to make the trip a little easier. Some of the things I've done in the past:

    read

    crosswords

    sleep (not too easy)

    watch DVD's on my laptop (hard to hear and ~1 DVD/battery)

    book on tape

    What others have you guys found to work well for you?
     
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    • Write your dream girl's name over and over in a notebook
    • Give yourself an ink-pen tattoo
    • Practice disappearing coin tricks
    • Drink, drink, drink (it worked for Peter Buck!)
    • Update your resume
    • Write your resignation letter
    • Design a house
    • Make a list of things to do on a plane trip
     
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    I forgot:
    • Make a list of enemies and plot your revenge!
     
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    Oh, jeez. Another airplane thread. *run away* *run away* [​IMG]
    I recommend reading or music or both.
     
  5. Chris Maynard

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    I travel quite a bit.

    If you are stuck in coach then invest in two more laptop batteries. That should yield you 5+ hours of power. If you can get Business class then get an airplane power adapter. Most majors have this option in their triple 7s and 76s.

    When you have the power situation solved there is no better way to kill time than a good strategy game.

    I do that, work, and sometimes write DVD reviews for Obi's Reviews when on long plane trips.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Gameboy or other portable game system.
     
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    Talk to an 85-year old woman about her extended family.

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooo

    -JNS
     
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    Even if you get stuck in coach, on most international flights there are entertainment systems built into the seat backs. You should have several channels of (video taped, edited and cropped) movies and various video games. These help pass some of the time. I usualy take a good book, and there's also drinking the free booze and wondering what's for lunch.

    When you go to Japan I reccomend flyng JAL over United or AA. You'll get better service and food. Seeing as its a business trip your company should at least spring for Business class where you'll be more comfortable and you'll have a chance to sleep.
     
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    Join the mile-high club [​IMG]
    Actually...don't do that, I think it may be illegal.
     
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    Try to light your shoe on fire with a match.
     
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    Dave P [​IMG] See you in 10 to 15 years pal!
    On a serious note, if you have a GPS unit and a window seat, you can get some reception and then you can actually figure out what city you're flying near/over and how fast you're going and stuff. Altitude, if you don't get a good 3D fix on the satellites is going to be messed cause of the pressurization...
    I've done this on a trip from Florida and the girl next to me thought it was a cell phone... but it must of been odd cause I wasn't talking on it.. [​IMG]
    Jay
     
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    Hi Brian. No, that was just a little inside joke. The other thread wasn't about passing time, but it was another airplane-oriented thread which which became somewhat heated and ended up covering a whole different subject. [​IMG]
     
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    I second the GPS on the plane trick. It's actually pretty cool. With the small unit that I had, I had to point the antenna towards the window, but it did work.
     
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    2 words: GameBoy Advance

    This little portable video game console has amazing color graphics and excellent 3rd party software support. Its price has dropped again recently to either $60 or $70, and games are around $30 each if I remember correctly. There are already all different types of games out, and with the right software and a flash memory card, you can even play old nintendo games on it!
     
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    I would also agree that a travel power adapter is a good investment if you sit in a seating section that has ports for them.

    Short of that, I've bought several games for my Palm that help pass the time quickly. However, unless you have one with a color screen, it can cause some serious eye strain.
     
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    I discovered that yoga in the nude seems to help pass the time. However, other passengers aren't interested in joining me and boy do they get ticked when I block the beverage service cart!
     

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