After 3 flights and 23 hours of travel time in the air, Kevin and I finally have arrived back home from our Asia trip! I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided that we should fly economy on our way home, especially knowing that Kevin and I both had to return back to work immediately after landing, but we survived and have miles to spare so I guess biting the bullet wasn’t too bad. However, I have a new rule for me: business class/first class only for flights over 8 hours from now on. After flying Cathay Pacific’s first class for the first time from JFK – HKG,
I think I’m officially spoiled.
As far as sleeping in economy during our return flights, I can safely say that I got a whole 3-4 hours, if that. I feel funny admitting this, but like taller people, I also have a problem sleeping while sitting. Since I’m on the smaller side – 5’2″ on a good day (aka a yoga or pilates day), my feet rarely touch the ground comfortably on flights, and I often find myself curled up in a ball with my knees to my chest when I have to sleep on a plane.
I’m also the annoying one who puts their feet on armrests of the row in front of me because I really have no where else to rest them. My preferred sleep position on an airplane often is a combination of mouth open, feet everywhere, and the occasional drooling. I can assure that you don’t want me in the seat next to you.
In spirit of sleeping on airplanes, I’m giving away an airplane “swag bag” including a BoardingArea polo (size small), a reusable British Airways tote bag, British Airways/One World notepads and pen, and an American Airlines magnet to a lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is simply leave a comment below sharing your sleep style (or should I say, “technique”) when flying economy. I will draw a winner randomly from the comments on Sunday April 15, 2012 at 9:00 AM EST.
Below I’ve included some popular airplane sleep positions. Feel free to use some of these as inspiration when commenting, or make it fun and invent and describe your own. I look forward to reading through the comments. Good luck!