QotD: In-Flight Entertainment

How do you pass the time during a flight?  What do you bring in your carry-on?

My first flight I made the mistake of just taking a couple books which wasn't nearly enough. At the time I was still speed reading. So I read on the way to JAX, on the plane from JAX to Charlotte, waiting for the plane in Charlotte, and half way to New York, I had finished both books. So I had nothing to do other than feel the pilot trying to find Runway 13.


  1. At least two books, as many as four (but that was to London).
  2. A music player (originally a portable CD player but now an MP3 player).
  3. A GameBoy
  4. A camera

I've thought about a personal laptop, but I don't think I really would need one. Work sent me to Chicago last summer. I had my work lappy with me and didn't so much as crack it open for 5 minutes.

In general, I do talk to the people around me whether family or strangers. On the Chcago trip, I talked about the Xbox 360 and PS3 and soon to be Wii with a guy headed there and coming back suggested to a daughter and her mom some of the other universities they might check out on their college finding trip.

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