I was on the receiving end of some wonderful news the other day. My mother dearest is flying me home for Easter. My excitement overwhelmed me quickly when I first heard the news but to my surprise, it faded slowly to a slight feeling of dread. The reason being that I am all booked in and paid for participating in one of the longest journeys possible, Munich to Auckland. This is otherwise known as, 30hours of tortuous flying boredom! How to pass the time? Hmmm letís see.
Friend or Foe? - Talking to your fellow neighbour will pass the time, but you run the risk of adding to the boredom! So tread carefully on this one.
Mysterious Passengers – One of my favourite pastimes is people watching and what better situation to be in with 300 or so people stuck in one place for 12hours. The mind already starts to wander about their histories, why they are flying today and whatís waiting for them on the other side. Options are endless!
Photography – Not enough people take photos during flights I feel. Itís such an odd environment. Plus out of the window is definitely not a view you are lucky enough to see everyday!
Sleeping Pills – The idea of falling asleep only to awaken 8hours later to find the flight nearly finished gets a big YES PLEASE from me. The idea of being knocked out and possibly drooling on the passenger beside me gets an equally as big NO THANK YOU!
Poker Night – To get passengers around you to join in on a poker game would be a great source of entertainment and you could even earn money to spend on arrival at your destination!
Tattooing – I have always been a doodler and my arm tends to become my canvas. This time could be productively used in drawing a sleeve on your arm that you could use to shock relatives if they are picking you up from the airport, or just cover your clothes with ink….hmmm.
Inter-Seat Chat – I have been told that with some airlines you can chat to other passengers while flying. Yes, stalker is the first word that pops to mind! But it could be fun and mysterious and could come in helpful for the next “time passing” activity!
Join The Mile High Club – Doesn’t need much explanation, does it?
If all of these fail me, I think I will make a bet with myself on how many movies I can watch before falling asleep or before landing. Wish me luck!