How to Survive a Long-Haul FlightWith Someone Who Can't
25 March 2017 | Mri Grout - A Lifelong Vagabond
We have all flown with ‘that someone’ before, whether he (or she) was in our traveling party or a random baby a few rows over. If it’s only ever the latter, then you can enjoy the rest of this article thinking the extremity of it is nothing but a joke - never knowing the true ordeal of having to travel a longhaul flight with someone who can’t. However, if you find yourself trapped longhaul flight after longhaul flight with ‘that someone’ because they’re just too great to ditch entirely, then read on and hopefully you too, can learn how to survive a longhaul flight with someone who can’t.
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1. Secretly Buy Different Seats
This is especially easy if you’re normally the one who arranges the flights anyway. If not though, simply offer to do them this time so that your travel buddy may relax and focus on discovering more awesome things for you guys to do together because you just love the things they find. Make sure the persuasion/flattery is thick enough to get what you want but not too thick to gain suspicion. Then just ‘accidentally’ book separate seats online and viola! A long-haul flight you can actually enjoy.
2. Buy Different Plane Tickets Entirely
3. Take Some Knock-Out Sleeping Pills
These are for you not ‘that someone’ so make sure you buy some really good ones that he (or she) can’t wake you from. The strength of them will be a fine balance though since you also need to make sure that if (when?) the plane is about to crash, you can still be woken up by the flight crew to enjoy the screaming panic of your final moments. Because your inevitable death is totally worth being awake for.
4. Lock Yourself in the Toilet
Now this will probably bring you a lot of ire from all of the other passengers given the number of toilets available is already pretty thin. However, your utter sanity is at stake, so you do what you have to do to survive the long-haul flight. I’m sure if you just shouted this over all of the yells and curses to come out already, they’d totally understand.
5. Book Them the Window Seat
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