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Up in the air

Today's Friday Five ask about my in-flight experiences. They are few and dull, but here goes:

1. How do you feel about passengers riding in front of you reclining their seats?
I don't love it, but I don't have long legs, so it doesn't ruin my flight or anything.

2. What single aspect of airplane flight do you dislike the most?
Duh. It's the knowing that you are up in the sky in a hunk of metal that gravity would just love to get its hands on.

3. What was your longest flight on an airplane?
My longest flights have all been standard transatlantic hops from some northeastern U.S. airport straight to London (the most recent of such trips having been made in 1998). Oh, yeah, and back. Washington, D.C. is the remotest (from London) spot out of which I've flown (or to which I've returned), so (pauses to look it up) 3600-3700 miles is, I guess, the longest distance I've flown.

Of course, the other way to answer this one is in terms of "time in the air." Had I gone on memory alone, I might have guessed that each of my transatlantic flights lasted about six hours, but when I just now looked it up, the Internet said that a flight to London comprises about eight hours in the air when you start in Washington, and seven & a half hours out of NYC. What's more, you're in the air a half-hour longer for the return journey!

That makes my longest flight in terms of time in the air, presuming that conditions were similar in 1985, about eight and a half hours.

4. What's your favorite way to pass the time on a long flight?
Reading. Barring that, sleeping. In a pinch, conversation. Last choice would be a movie, since they usually aren't very good. (Remember, my last long flight was in '98. Back in the day, one film was shown to everyone; there were no individual selections or screens. I've heard it's different now.)

5. What are the best and worst things you've eaten on a plane or in an airport?
Best: a SwissAir (London to D.C.) in-flight meal of salmon with hollandaise sauce & steamed veggies. Worst? Gosh, I don't remember ever hating an airline meal. Then again, I think I've only flown, like, about 20 times, and not all were flights with meals. And I don't tend to eat in airports -- too expensive.
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