Some people enjoy air travel more than others, but it’s safe to say that no one looks forward to extra-long flights. A person can only tolerate so much time in a cramped cabin 35,000 feet above the ground. No matter how long or short your flight is, make sure you know these 12 tips for staying comfortable on a plane.
For passengers flying from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to Sydney, Australia, that travel time couldn’t be any longer. Qantas’s flight from New York to Sydney, the first-ever non-stop flight to cover that distance, lasts an anxiety-inducing 19 hours and 16 minutes. And what is that distance, exactly? More than 10,000 miles: 10,066, to be exact. As of press date, there’s no return flight, but Qantas is planning to test out flights from London to Sydney and from other Australian cities, like Melbourne and Brisbane, to New York and London in the coming months.
On the inaugural flight in October 2019, the plane left at 9:00 Friday night New York time and arrived at 7:43 Sunday morning Sydney time; the 15-hour time difference meant that travelers were flying forward in time, “skipping” Saturday, in a way. Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre is continuing to study the effects of such a long flight on the well-being of the flight’s 50 passengers and crew members. Before October 2019, Singapore Airlines held the title of “World’s Longest Flight” with its 18-hour, 45-minute jaunt from the greater New York City area’s Newark Airport to Singapore, in Southeast Asia. This flight covers only a measly 9,521 miles. If you happen to embark on any of these lengthy flights, you’ll want to prepare for some serious jet lag. And definitely brush up on these 18 things you should never, ever do on an airplane.