How to Tackle Airplane Boredom

By Nikita S.

Here’s a scene for you all to imagine: You’re crammed into the tiny seat of an airplane with nothing to do. You’re travelling alone and since the world is against you, you’re stuck between two people you’ve never met before. There’s no television, it’s dark outside, the baby at the back won’t stop crying, and your fellow passenger just won’t stop snoring. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Airplane rides are never much fun.


Most of us love travelling; the feeling of exploring a part of the world you’ve never seen before, be it a city that never sleeps, or a scenic town by the mountains. It’s exhilarating. But it’s always the airplanes that stop us from going anywhere. If it’s the thought of spending five hours in a plane with nothing to do that scares you, here are a few tips to help you overcome the fear of ‘I’m stuck in a plane and I’m bored!’

  1.  PLAN


Not planning ahead while travelling is a sign that you were dropped on your head as a baby. It is extremely vital to plan, even if it’s only for the plane ride. So pack everything you can think of into a light carry bag. Your phone, laptop, and the entire Harry Potter series are a few recommendations. Well, maybe not The Order of Phoenix. It’s quite heavy and it might make you cry on the plane.



You planned on watching the entire Star Wars for the plane ride, but you forgot to charge your laptop. Uh oh, ‘The Force’ is not with you. Always make sure all your electronics are fully charged and try to limit your usage until you get on the airplane. And always carry power banks. You never know when you’re going to need that emergency charge.

   3. Read


It’s usually not advised to read during car rides as the constant moving hurts your head and is quite a strain. But reading on an airplane is a piece of cake, as you never feel the constant movement of the plane. So go ahead and read some Dan Brown. If you’re not one for reading, try reading more about the place you’re visiting, or try learning a few salutations in their language, and grab the chance to impress everyone. Knowledge is good.



Ah, there it is; the inevitable sound of a toddler crying. But not to worry! Your earphones are here to save you. Blast out some Chainsmokers or Fall Out Boy and drown out those annoying noises! But try not to let the person on the next aisle hear it; you don’t want to be the passenger people complain about in articles. (Like in the article you’re reading right now.)


Sleep in Plane

If the top four don’t work, you can always count on sleep. Although it might be hard to catch some winks in that tiny seat, it’s always relaxing to close your eyes. You need that energy to have the best trip of your life.

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Supporting Image: This image was originally posted to Flickr by Mellie. It has been licensed for fair use by the creator under the Creative Commons license Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0). The image has been cropped.

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