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How To Make The Most Out Of Long Flight

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Postby Rascal » 14 Nov 2003, 10:19

I also plan to bring in a couple of bottles of drinking water, just to make sure I don't get too dehydrated.

Don't bother, just ask the flight attendants. Normally they will serve you extra on demand, including snacks (sandwiches, chocolate bars, fruits), even in economy class.
Also expect your drinks to be expected at the gate, liquids are now checked closer since they could pose a threat.

Long flights are a problem for me, never can sleep and economy class is just a pain for me. When I returned to Taiwan a few weeks back (from a holiday) I requested for an aisle seat and was happy to get one - but only on the shuttle flight, on the long haul flight they squezzed me in the middle row. :x
Anyhow, normally I try to kill time by watching all the movies available and reading a book or magazines. Drinking alc (wine) didn't help me when I tried it, instead it made me sick and the whole experience worst.
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Postby Closet Queen » 14 Nov 2003, 11:35

Huang Guang Chen wrote:Not sure. I was quite surprised you'd not heard it. I grew up in Western Australia but lived most of my adult life in Sydney and increasingly Taiwan. I've used this term for eons and not once had anyone express any uncertainty as to its meaning.
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Oh dear, nowI feel dumb! Perhaps it's Australian then cos I'm from Britiain and I don't recall encountering it. Sorry to harp on so, but I've got a thing for words. Maybe I need to to find an Ozzie English Dictionary.
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Postby Jack Burton » 14 Nov 2003, 11:47

Big Fluffy Matthew wrote:I once got a comfy seat at the front with a nice view. Then the pilot came in and threw me out :|


once the stewardess took 3 kids into the cockpit to speak with the captain (I was one of these kids). the captain gave us a geography test with some prizes to give out. I was the only one who could name afghanistan, and kabul, and ukraine. pilot looked all pissed off at me. he kept wanting the little kid on my right to say something. ended up giving that kid the better prize. jerk.

that airline was later bought out by Air Canada or Canadian (the airline was WardAir)

I don't like to drink on airplane, makes me feel worse. i just make myself sleep, wake up watch a movie, eat, goto toilet, sleep, another movie, more sleep.
but one time i couldnt sleep. so i got all antsy and claustrophobic, I had to work up and down the aisle.. up and down.
and then sometimes I would dream that the perfect lady would sit beside me and strike up a conversation. needless to say, still an unrealized dream.
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Postby TNT » 14 Nov 2003, 11:51

So where do you get valium in Taiwan?
and whats the best dosage?
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Postby TNT » 14 Nov 2003, 11:56

and where do you get those blown up neck braces that also function as a pillow... I have seen them before...
My neck always ends up badly twisted on a flight
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Postby Huang Guang Chen » 14 Nov 2003, 12:02

Closet Q. Looks like it is indeed Australian slang. The definition provided is uncannily similar to the on I gave.

Rock up : to turn up, to arrive - "we rocked up at their house at 8pm"

Yours in wordsmithery.

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Postby The Big Babou » 14 Nov 2003, 12:04

Ok guys, thanks for the drug advice... usually I stay up all night the night before and have a coupla drinks before I board. The last time I flew, I fell asleep before takeoff and woke up as we were landing. So, I seem to have that one worked out, but because this flight will take a little longer, I'm a little worried about waking up and not being able to get back to sleep.

I will definitely gety one of those inflatable pillows that wrap around your neck; I've seen the look of rapture on the people who use them...

What about luggage... I have about 200kg of stuff that I want to return with. Although I may freight/post some of it back, I'd like some tips on how to send as much as possible through the airline (at no extra cost)...

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Postby Huang Guang Chen » 14 Nov 2003, 12:10

Big B, are you returning to Oz for a period of time?

Box it back. It's very cheap (or was last time I did it). Different airlines react differently to overweight baggage. I think my best has been around 40kg. That time as I was checking in the woman made some comment and I grabbed one of the bags and muttered that I'd take it on as hand luggage. She let it go. You could be lucky or . . if you have to pay. Ouch!

Actually I think Thai cut me some slack once too. Don't know that they usually do.

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Postby miso » 14 Nov 2003, 15:03

What about luggage... I have about 200kg of stuff that I want to return with


Oh my god, this is going to cost you a fortune. A friend of mine works at a check in, here's the rule: If your flying economy class, 20kg is officially allowed, as stated on your ticket, but where he works, they turn a blind eye on it until 29kg. Starting from 30kg, you have to pay every kg, include the 9kg, they turn a blind eye on. I don't remember the price per kg, but it's huge!!!!! If I were you, I would try every other possibility, but checking it in.....

Just a little advice from a former poor student with usually lots of luggage..... :D
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Postby Rascal » 14 Nov 2003, 15:37

What about luggage... I have about 200kg of stuff that I want to return with. Although I may freight/post some of it back, I'd like some tips on how to send as much as possible through the airline (at no extra cost)...

Fly First Class. ;)

But seriously, this is going to cost you. I did a flight once with 52kg, shuttle on economy and long haul on business so they started counting from 30kg. First the rounded down to 50kg and then charged me only for 15 additional kg, very kind actually.
It still cost me around USD40/kg though from Malaysia to Germany - for clothes I could have bought new (but then you don't start throwing them away if you are already at the airport ...).
You can ask the airline about the charges, it might differ between them and of course depends on the actual distance.

IMHO air freight is the same charges if you drag the stuff to the counter, else you would need to pay for pick up and delivery services (e.g. if you use a moving company). They do take care of the paper work for you though.
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