Long haul flights are…well, guys, they’re long. You can be flying up to 17 hours now on a plane with hundreds of other people equally as tired and grumpy and uncomfortable as you are. If you have the attention span of gold fish, then you’re going to need things to do.
Whether your flight is 8 hours, 10 hours, or the longest flight yet – 17 hours between Auckland and Doha – things need to be happening. Right? Right. Unfortunately, and perhaps obviously, you’re very confined to the plane. Please do not try and exit the plane. It’s for the good of world that you remain inside the plane at all times. I don’t want to see you on the news. You’ve been warned.
A list of things that you can do should you become bored
- Challenge seat A1 to a game of Battle Ships. After winning against them, move on to A2. Try to conquer the entire plane.
- Steal as many sick bags as you can without disturbing too many people. Draw pictures on them. Return to seat pockets.
- Offer to help the stewards by handing out sweets. Throw the sweets around the cabin instead.
- Try to sneak into First Class unnoticed to get a glimpse of the elite.
- Ask for a bag of Maltesers. Drop them in the aisle when landing. They’ll be sure to roll the length of plane.
- Pull faces at a nearby child
- Build a castle using only plastic knives and forks
- Watch as many movies as you can without having to clip your eye lids open
- Collect as many blankets and pillows as you can. Build a fort at the back of the plane.
- Make origami animals out of the serviettes.
- Make up a story about your serviette animals and share it with you neighbour. Or the entire cabin.
- Preform stand-up comedy at the front of your cabin. Gladly receive tips.
- Visit someone in another cabin and greet them like an old friend. Leave them confused and dazed.
- Invent a story about the people around you. Share it with your neighbour. Or write a novel on the serviettes.
- Talk to your neighbour constantly. Maybe they’ll ask to be moved (if the flight’s not full) and then you’ll get two seats to yourself.
- If you’re super organised, bring a bouncy ball and play bounce the ball down the aisle with the kid 10 rows ahead of you.
- Grab your phone (on flight mode, obviously) and make it your mission to take a selfie with everyone on the plane.
- Document your every second by speaking into a Dictaphone.
- Take a book of kids’ puzzles. Ask your neighbour to help you out on every page. Inwardly laugh at their responses.
- Take a real puzzle with you, preferably one with more than 500 pieces. Find a space of floor. Sit and complete the puzzle…or try to complete the puzzle before the hosts move you back to your seat.
- Collect the plastic water cups throughout the flight until you have enough to make a tower in the aisle.
- Ask ‘are we there yet?’ to the stewards.
- Walk around a talk to different people. Tell them a different story each time about yourself. (Bob-Contractor. Jane-Architect. Fred-Magnolia Grower. etc)
- Alternatively, tell everyone they same, elaborate story. People will start talking about you. See how big the story gets. Like airplane Chinese whispers.
- Start singing a song quietly, gradually getting louder…and hope someone joins in. Make it your mission to have the entire cabin singing along.
- For a more exciting, entertaining result, choose a song with actions.
- Read the in-flight magazine. Then go back through turning all the faces into aliens. Leave it in the seat pocket when you leave.
- Write a list of things that would love do to, had you the confidence and courage (and assurance that you wouldn’t get arrested), on a long-haul flight when you’re bored.
Heading out on a long haul flight adventure? Now you won’t be bored on the plane. You’re welcome.