I’m bored

Those are words that are guaranteed to make my hair stand on end. Like many mothers around the world you know that when you hear “I’m bored” there is definitely going to be some naughty behaviour.

And it doesn’t change much when they grow up and get jobs – like the pilot in Australia who got bored while flying across that massive country in a straight line. So he wanted to tell the world.

I’m Bored

This was what he traced across the skies – above the Princes Highway, only visible to those watching live flight tracking programs and websites. In fairness to the young recently qualified pilot, it was only a test flight. But it did leave his instructor shaking his head. To make matters worse he also added some aerial graffiti – phallic symbols apparently – tsk tsk …. these kids today!

When you think of it though, everyone thinks of being a pilot or flight attendant as being exciting and sexy and I am sure lots of the time it is dull and routine but never boring. Not like being a passenger. Airlines do a lot these days to keep us passengers entertained with plenty of movies, tv series and video games – but it does get boring. There is a limit to how many episodes of Sex and the City you can watch.

Now imagine doing a 19 hour flight – Singapore Airlines took the prize of world’s longest flight when it relaunched its route between its hub at Singapore Changi International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in October last year. Oh my goodness – I could probably watch all 7 seasons of Game of Thrones in that time … well maybe not!

Apparently however you should be careful of what type of film you watch and should definitely avoid the tear-jerkers unless you want to embarrass yourself according to Time Magazine –

“A 2017 survey of passengers commissioned by London’s Gatwick Airport found that 15% of men and 6% of women are more likely to cry while watching a film on a flight than if they were to watch that movie elsewhere.

Movies can be a particular trigger for people once a plane has taken off. The darkness of a flight cabin illuminated by the small screens playing whatever an airline has to offer can make a person realize they are truly alone until landing, De Luca says. Plus, the usual brain chemicals that would manage your reactions are slightly off kilter at a higher altitude, she says.”

So maybe next time you start feeling bored on a flight rather choose the sort of film that has a lot of action, or maybe a comedy and leave the chick flicks alone.

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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