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Suggestions for surviving a 16 hour flight in coach?

Old Apr 14, 14, 8:01 pm
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Suggestions for surviving a 16 hour flight in coach?

I'm flying ATL-JNB next week and am already having anxiety. I flew Aeroflot SVO-LAX yesterday and it was a traumatic experience. An additional 4 hours over that flight has me filled with a sense of trepidation. I am in EC, but EC is full, so that means things will be tight. I have no SWUs. Any advice? Should I look into upgrading to BE by using miles? Is that possible? How do I find out how many miles are required?
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Old Apr 14, 14, 8:08 pm
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a last minute to BE will be VERY expensive using cash. If you have a YBM fare, then you can waitlist a mileage upgrade to BE. It's 25K miles. However, this late in the game, it's got a low chance of clearing.

My advice from having flown this route - sleep as much as you can. It gets REALLY boring otherwise.
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Old Apr 14, 14, 8:16 pm
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I fly to NGO which is 14 hrs from DTW about 6 times per year. Here's my approach:

1. Eat well before departing and have the first meal as a snack.
2. No alcohol. I won't sleep well as I dry out and have to get up to go. Water, ginger ale, tea. Boring but it works.
3. Stay awake until about normal bed time. Sleep for awhile.
4. Watch a movie or show.
5. Go back to sleep and if I can't put on a garbage movie, of which DL has many to choose from. Puts me down to sleep.
6. At this point, we are about 4-5 hours away. Try another movie or tv shows for awhile and maybe a cat nap.
7. Breakfast. We will be there in an hour so stay awake.
8. Done.

The keys to a good flight to me are 1, 2, and 5.
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Old Apr 14, 14, 8:33 pm
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1. Prep

Hydrate hydrate hydrate 48 hrs before the flight.

Have good ear plugs, eye mask, noise canceling headset, quality neck pillow

Sleep app for your phone, sleep aid if you know the effects

Your own snacks

2.Flight

Rotate Book (2 hrs), Sleep (3 hrs), Movie (2 hrs) Eat (or look at your signed photo of Richard Anderson)

Two rotations you are just about home free.
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Old Apr 14, 14, 8:35 pm
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7 double woodfords.

Jus kidding. That is terrible advice actually.

Invest in a quality eye cover, ear plugs, and diphen/prescription sleep aids if available.
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Old Apr 14, 14, 8:40 pm
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What sleeping aids can you guys recommend ?
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Old Apr 14, 14, 8:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Frogbone View Post
What sleeping aids can you guys recommend ?
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Originally Posted by SansSerif View Post
7 double woodfords.
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Old Apr 14, 14, 8:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Frogbone View Post
What sleeping aids can you guys recommend ?
Xanax - not a sleeping pill but it removes the anxiety about sleeping/not sleeping and you don't feel drowsy upon awakening.
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Old Apr 14, 14, 9:20 pm
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I just flew DXB-ATL in coach in a middle seat in EC. It's always full and full of guys coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan who are all huge. Definitely don't need to worry about being hijacked on that flight.

There is no way I could do it without a few drinks and a sleeping aid. Ativan for sleeping is good. It doesn't leave you with a hangover. I have a few drinks and I watch movies and sleep and wake up and watch movies and sleep and read my book and sleep. I saw 70% of 5 movies.
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Old Apr 14, 14, 9:23 pm
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Originally Posted by NotHamSarnie View Post
Xanax - not a sleeping pill but it removes the anxiety about sleeping/not sleeping and you don't feel drowsy upon awakening.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

an alcohol or drug abuse problem
bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis or other mental health conditions
glaucoma
kidney or liver disease
lung or breathing disease
myasthenia gravis
Parkinson's disease
porphyria
seizures or a history of seizures
suicidal thoughts
an unusual or allergic reaction to alprazolam, other benzodiazepines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
breast-feeding


Take a boat, train, bus - anything but Y. Or hope that Xanax works with no conditions mentioned above. Good luck. If I'm on your flt I'll peak from behind the curtain, as I'll be "up front". (kidding).

Talk to the FA when you board the AC, he/she will be professional and calm any fears. If on DL, I'm sure they will give you good service. Enjoy the flt. Just relax - it will be OK.
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Old Apr 14, 14, 9:27 pm
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Originally Posted by SansSerif View Post
7 double woodfords.

Jus kidding. That is terrible advice actually.

Invest in a quality eye cover, ear plugs, and diphen/prescription sleep aids if available.
My advice to you....

Seriously, to the OP... get up periodically for a good walk. Had a friend who ended up spending an extra month in OZ due to DVTs (no, not DTs ).

Avoid the blood clots.
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Old Apr 14, 14, 10:29 pm
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1. don't get drunk before the flight (tempting I know)
2. drink tons of water beginning at T-24
3. bring healthy snacks (FRUIT)
4. use either melatonin or sleep medication
5. ipad
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Old Apr 14, 14, 10:30 pm
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Originally Posted by StayingHomeIsBetter View Post
My advice to you....

Seriously, to the OP... get up periodically for a good walk. Had a friend who ended up spending an extra month in OZ due to DVTs (no, not DTs ).

Avoid the blood clots.
StayingHomeIsBetter does wearing compression shorts help prevent this?
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Old Apr 14, 14, 10:35 pm
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Originally Posted by sriegert View Post
StayingHomeIsBetter does wearing compression shorts help prevent this?
Supposedly, but I have to say I have no personal experience with these.
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Old Apr 14, 14, 11:21 pm
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Originally Posted by sriegert View Post
StayingHomeIsBetter does wearing compression shorts help prevent this?
Compression shorts would not be a good idea. Compression hose/socks are what's needed.

Compression shorts will act like a girdle and slow the blood return from the legs. Compression socks/hose help the feet and lower legs to keep the blood from pooling and help it move back up the legs.
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