Here are some that Ive tried....
1. Walking up and down the aisles and counting the number of people wearing red (or a colour of your choice)
2. Seeing how much free stuff you can get.
3. Drinking- obviously!!!
4. Walking up and down the aisles and asking passengers "Are we there yet"
5. Trying to converse to the person next to you in a different language, for extra laughs one that you dont speak!!
6. Changing the words to song lyrics and testing them on the air hostess and nearby passengers.
7. Start a rumour that someone famous is on board!!
I'm very very careful about entertaining myself on any flights at the moment! Consider yourself a prisoner of the inflight entertainment system, any attempts at anything else seem to be rewarded by being a prisoner of the state currently.
Ipod's are a life saver!
And I usually grab some trashy gossip magazines or mag's with stories in them to keep myself busy for awhile.
Making out with the flight attendants
just joking around on the previous post. In all seriousness, I think I would try to stay up a long time before the flight to maximize my chances of being able to sleep on it.
Hey I liked the first one. Though maybe it doesnt work so well if your female- you know the old stereotype about male flight attendants.
Maybe some noise-blocking headphones and a visor over my eyes? Books/Mags? So far, my longest flight has been Charlotte (NC, USA) to London. I think it was something like 8 hours? My Dad was the Captain, by the way. He came back to check on me a few times. I didn't sleep much.
Amy, I like your blog. It looks like you're having a good time in Japan.
Well I am old enough to remember when you were allowed to go and visit the pilot...one time I was in the cockpit of a flight to Kenya chatting with the captain, watching the sun rise over the plains (of somewhwre in Africa...) I asked where we were and he showed me the gyroscopic position indicator, and told me the exact latitiude and longditude of where we were within metres, 'no but where are?' we I asked to which he pulled out an old school atlas from next to his seat....'So thats what you use to navigate' I asked 'well it gives us a rough idea...' he replied.
Another flight I was on was with my daughter aged about 3 who liked to run around the aisles, so that kept me busy, and in fact she ended up trying to barge her way through to the cockpit when the door open once (again pre 9-11) ending up with me rugby tackling her to prevent her running through the door.
In fact taking children definately stops flights being boring so I could let everyone know our flight itinery for our trip and I could ask for volunteers to look after my kids so I can read, watch a movie, listen to music, write, gaze at clouds, do crosswords, plan legs of journey etc etc.....In fact at present our lives are so manic, I love being on planes and actually having the chance to get bored......