Now that Qatar Airways have introduced the world’s longest air route, between Doha and Auckland, we thought we’d share some ideas with you about how you can pass the time on a seventeen and a half hour flight.

  1. Challenge your travelling partner to a paper plane making contest. Persuade the other passengers to judge it and see how long it takes before they’re all making them.
  2. See who knows the most phrases in the main language of each country you fly over. English may be the business language we’ve all come to depend on, but if you really want to make a great impression, learning a few key phrases in the local dialect will help you stand out.
  3. Try to write down every US state in alphabetical order.
  4. Have a crack at these geographical riddles:
    A) Name the six countries that begin and end in the same letter, excluding the letter “a”
    B) Which country has every vowel?
  5. Watch a whole series of 24. Once you’ve removed the 15 minutes of ads, an entire series actually lasts around 17 hours. Perfect.
  6. Organize a “pub quiz” with other people on board. Geeky aviation questions are a must.
  7. Get a willing Flight Attendant to kick off a game of charades (Snakes on a Plane is mandatory).
  8. Listen to the world’s longest album – four times. That would be Cardiff outfit Quiet Marauder’s 111-track, four-and-a-half-hour debut album.
  9. Flying in business class? See how many yoga poses you can do on a flatbed. Flying Economy? Remember those deep breathing exercises!
  10. Start a Mexican wave. Keep repeating it until every member of your side of the plane joins in. Except the Pilot of course.
  11. Listen to the Serial podcast. It will fill at least half the journey.
  12. Watch the most inappropriate film you can find. Qantas once showed Flight, starring Denzil Washington as an alcoholic pilot. What can you unearth?
  13. Take turns to quote classic lines from Airplane!
    “Yes, I remember. I had lasagna”.
  14. Turn your air sickness bag into a piece of art.
  15. Make paper hats out of the in-flight magazine – and then launch your own catwalk fashion show down the aisle.
  16. Try every item on the in-flight snack menu between you and post feedback on your favourite and least-favourite on the Airline’s site.
  17. Read the world’s longest book: Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu, which totals 1,267,069 words. Or failing that, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which comes in at 561,093.

Take a trip to your GP a week before travelling and explain that you’re taking the longest flight on the planet. Ask for a sedative.  Enjoy your flight!

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