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Any recommendations for a long-haul flight

Flying makes me nervious and I can't sleep

AussieSweden
post 9.Jun.2011, 11:44 AM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 24.Sep.2010

Depending on the company you can always ask for more snacks... I have flown Brisbane-Hong Kong or Seoul then to Heathrow or Frankfurt and then to Stockholm. usually around 22 hours actual flight time but with waiting more like 30... I would just recommend drinking some booze and then watching a film and trying to read ...

It can be incredibly boring

I however would not recommend Cathay Pacific in economy...most uncomfortable seats...
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aussie.dad
post 9.Jun.2011, 11:50 AM
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Location: Australia
Joined: 22.May.2011

QUOTE (AussieSweden @ 9.Jun.2011, 10:44 AM) *
I however would not recommend Cathay Pacific in economy...most uncomfortable seats...

Any views on Ethiad?
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amy boswood
post 9.Jun.2011, 11:53 AM
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i took valium on my flights from the UK to oz, just dont make any plans when you land because you will need to go to bed
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Bender B Rodriquez
post 9.Jun.2011, 12:12 PM
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Joined: 25.Mar.2006

QUOTE (7 @ 9.Jun.2011, 11:34 AM) *
36kr for a gin and tonic? that's dirt cheap compared to any swedish beverage service.


Still a rip off compared to BA, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France. Never flew Delta transatlantic but have flown plenty of United, Continental and American Airlines. Since I fly transatlantic about 10 times per year I have now learned to stay away from any American carriers; can't stand the dirty old planes and lack of service, even in business...
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David S
post 9.Jun.2011, 12:58 PM
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Location: Gävle
Joined: 12.Oct.2005

One trick I used to do was stay up for at least 24hrs before the flight. Makes it easier to sleep on the plane. Mind you doesn't always work. Had a trip to Hong Kong and ended up with the seat next to the galley and kept getting whipped by the curtain every 30 seconds as people walked in and out. Nearly a bit of air rage went on there ...
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gplusa
post 9.Jun.2011, 01:01 PM
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Location: Luleå
Joined: 4.Sep.2009

I've had the dreaded galley seat also. Thought I was real clever getting some extra leg room. Not so much fun when you're getting bitch slapped by the curtain and flashed every 30 seconds during the middle of a night flight.

If you're someone who can sleep on a plane, try to force yourself to sleep so that you are in sync with your destination location.
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Rick Methven
post 9.Jun.2011, 02:44 PM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

QUOTE (aussie.dad @ 9.Jun.2011, 12:50 PM) *
Any views on Ethiad?

They are reported to be good by friends of mine. They are actually a client of mine but I have not flown on them.
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Sydneyswede
post 9.Jun.2011, 03:06 PM
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Joined: 17.Dec.2010

@aussie.dad...my folks flew to Europe with Etihad last summer and were quite impressed! I am an A380 convert myself and we are flying home to SYD via LHR/SIN this Xmas just so we get the A380...so much roomier in cattle class (just need QF to button those engines on nice and tight for us!!)

As for recommendations for long haul...it's a tough call...I have endured the 30 hour nightmare trip ARN-SYD too many times to count and find sleeping nigh on impossible. I ALWAYS take my own food/snacks...can't stand airline food. I will take the offered tray of food and pick a little but always have back ups just in case!

Trashy mags or a good book...nothing you need to concentrate hard for though! Watch the inflight films. Download some relaxing music onto an iPod and chill out with that. Buy some good ear plugs (Sweden make darn good ones I must say!!) and a decent eye mask.

Best trick of all though if you are nervous is to get a couple of Xanax pills from the doc. Take one after take off on the 2nd leg (the long flight) and it will knock you out for several hours...
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johnjohn
post 9.Jun.2011, 03:23 PM
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Joined: 10.Dec.2010

Bose noise canceling headphones and a thick book.
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Stickeroo
post 9.Jun.2011, 03:30 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 1.Feb.2011

Yes, Xanax bars are awesome for flights. Anything opiate based actually. You won't really sleep, but you'll be in a state of mind halfway between sleep and awake where whatever you think about will slowly turn into a dream. Just don't go too crazy on em or you might end up selling crappy magazines at TB stations in Stockholm.

I recommend KLM. I fly on average 2 times a month long haul between Europe and North America. I try to take KLM as often as possible. Their business class isn't so great compared to some other carriers (seat doesn't turn into a bed) but the in-flight entertainment is great and the service is the best I've seen from a carrier with regular scheduled flights between Europe and west coast NA. Not to mention Schiphol airport is awesome too. Smoking area in the lounges, AND a casino! What more do you need? Oh, and they got some hot flight attendants too!
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mjennin2
post 9.Jun.2011, 05:15 PM
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Location: Västra Götaland
Joined: 8.Mar.2010

I suggest stay away from stimulants like coffee or anything with caffeine in it (Colas, Excedrin, etc). I usually take a dose of Nyquil or Benadryl (not sure what country you are from and if these are available to you) to get me tired enough to sleep. And as another respondant said, eye mask plus blanket/sweatshirt and getting a window seat to cozy up next to the window is a must. Sugary foods may comfort you but won't do anything to help you relax. Eating a fatty meal will tired you up as your body diverts energy to digest. Otherwise, I always ALWAYS use drab airflights as an opportunity to study my swedish. No joke. I always bring my grammer books and work through a new chapter or so until i'm bored to tears and can finally sleep biggrin.gif Or I'll bring a swedish book and my pocket dictionary and work my way through it. I've recently begun reading Mannon Som Dog Som En Lax. I have no clue what it's about...but here's to finding out!

Other ideas: game books. Such as Sudoku, Crossword Puzzles, Mind Games. Portable DVD players, iPod, perhaps a journal?
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Opalnera
post 10.Jun.2011, 09:24 AM
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Joined: 16.Aug.2010

Done the Oz-London and Oz-Sweden thing a number of times myself. I always try to take an aisle seat so I can stretch my legs and walk without bothering everyone. Select a seat up the back of the plane, they fill up last (because it's noisier) and if the flight isn't sold out you might find yourself with a couple of seats or a row to yourself. Take earplugs =)

With sleeping tablets, I have difficulty sleeping on planes so I absolutely love them when flying but make sure you test them out before you get on the plane in case you have any adverse affects. You can't get temazapam in Sweden because it's illegal, but Stilnox is fricking awesome, one of those and I am out for 8 hours. Do wake up feeling a little bit drunk though. There have been a lot of stories about Stilnox so you should try it at home first but mostly it's just the longterm sleeping pill addicts who have problems with it.

Also try loading up your ipod or computer or whatever with a TV series. One season of True Blood should take care of 9 hours no problems, you won't want to get off the plane!

QUOTE (aussie.dad @ 9.Jun.2011, 08:22 AM) *
I have taken quite a few long haul flights (Oz-Sweden), and I still can't get used to it. What to do?Typically, I would not take any food - apart from some comfort stuff, ... (show full quote)

I always find they give craploads of food on flights and it's usually pretty good. They have a pool you can swim in at Changi, it's a welcome break for muscles that have been in the same position for too long.

QUOTE (aussie.dad @ 9.Jun.2011, 10:50 AM) *
Any views on Ethiad?

Haven't managed to fly them yet but all reports are they are fantastic.
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TheOneWhoTravels
post 10.Jun.2011, 02:58 PM
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Joined: 24.Dec.2010

You want to hear something terrible? One time on a 12-hour Auckland to Los Angeles Air New Zealand flight, the section I was sitting in had no power at all. We couldn't turn on our overhead lights (no reading), couldn't watch the movies, couldn't turn on the overhead fan, couldn't listen to music, nothing! For 12 hours! We just had to sit there quietly in the dark.

No refunds or free tickets, but hey they did give us all Air New Zealand pens and Air New Zealand pads of paper as souveniers for our troubles afterward. LOL angry.gif
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graphixperson
post 10.Jun.2011, 03:13 PM
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Location: Skåne
Joined: 25.May.2011

That sounds like purgatory.
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annielee
post 10.Jun.2011, 03:18 PM
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Joined: 26.Apr.2011

@Opalnera
I really need one of those sleeping pills, Id love to spend the time knocked out.
One and 1/2 hours after taking off I always feel like saying "can we go back please?"
Flying makes me feel awful, but cmon, I have never been one of those people who enjoy rollercoasters or anything similar...

@David S , gplusa
I have had the seat next to the galley and constantly seeing the member of the crew there makes me feel better, they look so secure, totally the opposite to me.

Definitely American carriers suck.
I'm flying with Air France this time and I stop over Paris.
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