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Old 07-29-2019, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Houston to Taipei - 16.5 hours nonstop (3 hour layover, then 2.5 hours on to Manila). I'm 54. I took that flight 4x in 2017, 2x last year, and i'm going again in January.

I like to fly this long haul red-eye style. After we eat, i usually relax with a few movies, then drift off to sleep. This "sleep" lasts for about 3-4 hours then i'm kinda awake/asleep for the rest of the time.

I like an aisle seat alllll the way in the back of the plane on Tuesdays or Wednesdays (the closer the weekend, the more packed the flight seems to be). I dub the back of the plane the "chill out zone" because it's mostly adults (YMMV) and everyone likes to cram the front. Many times, there are a few empty rows I can ease into and stretch out. Since I make it a point to be one of the last ones on, I can quickly scan for empty rows so I can grab one asap (before someone else does lol)

I also like the back because there is an exit door near the bathroom which curves out a little, making a small area to do some air squats, windmills, touching toes, etc. I've done 5-10 minute "mini stretching workouts" back there. I get up about every hour (when i'm not sleeping).

If I get stuck on a full plane, at least I can console myself with my aisle seat lol (plus the window seat people are kind of relieved because i'm up and about)
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Old 07-29-2019, 12:52 PM
 
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Just wondering if sitting on a plane is difficult for you or if you haven't noticed any difference in your travels with age.

I don't like flying for more than five or six hours, which is a problem because I want to go to Europe and I would love to go back to Asia, but I am not going to sit for that long.

The European trip might work if I take a red-eye and can sleep all night (not sure if this is possible).

What about you?
Me too. I was on the transatlantic flight in United's Polaris Class (1st class) -- it is a lay-flat "pod." You can sleep in it fine. The food wasn't up to snuff - they served a hamburger. In first class.
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Old 07-29-2019, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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Just wondering if sitting on a plane is difficult for you or if you haven't noticed any difference in your travels with age.

I don't like flying for more than five or six hours, which is a problem because I want to go to Europe and I would love to go back to Asia, but I am not going to sit for that long.

The European trip might work if I take a red-eye and can sleep all night (not sure if this is possible).

What about you?
Yes, it's a problem for me. I have taken to flying business class for any leg over eight hours. Yes it is expensive but it is that or stay at home.
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Old 07-29-2019, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I love window seats and one of the drawbacks is that if you have to go to the bathroom you have to disturb the people between you and the aisle. Some may be sleeping, eating or working on the computer. Of course I use the bathroom before I get on the plane and if the person in the middle or aisle seat gets up, I do, too. Oh, yeah- there's also the drink cart in the aisle. (Not that I want them to get rid of the drink cart- they've gotten rid of almost everything else.)

And don't forget that due to TSA regs, they get a little jumpy if too many people are "congregating" in the aisle. So, even if you get an aisle seat you have some constraints.
All of this.

And my knees really talk to me if Iíve been sitting in one position for awhile. I try to get a window seat and DH, bless his heart, sits in the middle and often falls asleep. I cannot sleep on a plane. I now carry a book and immerse myself in it as best I can.
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Old 07-29-2019, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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All of this.

And my knees really talk to me if Iíve been sitting in one position for awhile. I try to get a window seat and DH, bless his heart, sits in the middle and often falls asleep. I cannot sleep on a plane. I now carry a book and immerse myself in it as best I can.
DW and I both like aisle seats. We each get an aisle seat, right across from each other. I also cannot sleep. But I am a nut for crossword puzzles so I bring NY Times Sunday puzzles with me. I just did a 9+ hour flight from London and did two puzzles and two Sudokus, I barely noticed the flight.
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Old 07-29-2019, 04:45 PM
 
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Me too. I was on the transatlantic flight in United's Polaris Class (1st class) -- it is a lay-flat "pod." You can sleep in it fine. The food wasn't up to snuff - they served a hamburger. In first class.
A hamburger...oh the humanity.
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Old 07-29-2019, 05:11 PM
 
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Me too. I was on the transatlantic flight in United's Polaris Class (1st class) -- it is a lay-flat "pod." You can sleep in it fine. The food wasn't up to snuff - they served a hamburger. In first class.
I hope you at least got to use the Polaris Lounge. Wow- up to the standards of the lounges in the major European airports. I was glad I'd booked 6-hour layovers in ORD to and from Edinburgh last year. Landing after the flight from Edinburgh, taking a hot shower and brushing my teeth (with amenity kit they supplied) and then sitting back with a glass of wine: priceless. I'm Lifetime Gold on AA but I WILL be flying United/Continental again if I can get a reasonable price and Polaris Lounge access.
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Old 07-29-2019, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Florida Baby!
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Just wondering if sitting on a plane is difficult for you or if you haven't noticed any difference in your travels with age.

I don't like flying for more than five or six hours, which is a problem because I want to go to Europe and I would love to go back to Asia, but I am not going to sit for that long.

The European trip might work if I take a red-eye and can sleep all night (not sure if this is possible).

What about you?
It all depends on the airplane--how heavy I am at the time.

Several years ago I spent an excruciating flight on SwissAir when I was returning to the US from a vacation in Greece. We were packed in like sardines. There was zip leg room, and I *barely* fit in my seat (I'm overweight but not THAT overweight!). From Athens to Geneva the lady behind me kept knee-ing my seat instead of ASKING me outright if I would move the backrest up (it was reclined ever so slightly) I did comply when I was asked by the flight attendant on her behalf. When we landed I turned to see who this woman was. Both her and her companion were even more overweight than I was. I truly felt compassion for her after that.
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Old 07-29-2019, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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A hamburger...oh the humanity.
It's pretty noteworthy. We usually got things like filet mignon / asparagus, or salmon. For the price of those seats I would be a little miffed, unless it was a REALLY good burger.

As my okole is now normally in economy, I just forgo the whole "dining" experience on the plane.
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Old 07-29-2019, 08:49 PM
 
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Just wondering if sitting on a plane is difficult for you or if you haven't noticed any difference in your travels with age.

I don't like flying for more than five or six hours, which is a problem because I want to go to Europe and I would love to go back to Asia, but I am not going to sit for that long.

The European trip might work if I take a red-eye and can sleep all night (not sure if this is possible).

What about you?
I could do a 12 hour with no issues. I love plane trips. Gotta have a window seat though - that is a must.
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