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Old 11-13-2012, 04:02 AM   #9
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Flying by the Numbers

23 lbs at the weigh-in

I posted about what was going to be in my bag and was curious to know what it would weigh in at. When I got to the counter and put it on the scales, it came in at 11’ish kilos or 23 pounds. Aside from my clothes, there were also some 1 or 6 packs of Tim Tams and gifts for family and friends in the bag.

I figured I was doing well at weigh in.

$10 per hour

I was flying The Friendly Skies on this trip.

After some internal debate, I decided to upgrade my economy seat from Melbourne to LAX to an economy plus seat. The cost of the one-way upgrade? $138. For that, I got an extra 2 inches of legroom, which didn’t look like much to me.

For the 14 hour flight, this works out to close on $10 per hour rental for the extra couple of inches. I had debated over the economics of this decision as it had looked like there were two empty seats next to me in the economy section. Turns out it was a good decision.

The extra legroom didn’t fuss me one way or the other. But I did end up with an empty seat between me and this very nice American girl heading back to Washington DC. So there was plenty of space to stretch out.

The good decision part? I went to check on ‘my’ economy seat. It was empty…..but the seats around it were all full. And even worse – there were two crying kids behind the row I should have been sitting in, and they seemed to be crying for the entire trip over.

If nothing else, I am glad for the peace and quiet and for that alone, it was worth the $10 per hour space rental.

ZERO in-seat entertainment

As I was flying The Friendly Skies on this trip, there would be no in-seat entertainment to be had. Sure; there was the old-fashioned movie screen at the front bulkhead wall but with heads between me and the screen, visibility was not good. In addition, every time I got up to take a walkabout, there was no pause button and I would come back to a movie that I could not rewind and catch up. Coupled with the fact that people would be getting up and blocking the screen, entertainment on this interminable flight was hard to come by.

A big fat ZERO is what I would score United on….this lack of in-seat entertainment borders on inhumane cruelty!


I counted 25 i-pads, 5 e-book readers, 10 laptops and 3 DS game consoles in the cattle pen sections during my walkabouts. Assuming that an i-pad costs an average of $650, e-book readers $200, laptops at $1000 and DS at $300, the total entertainment alternative devices inflight comes to $28,150.

I can fund 2 or 3 trips with this amount of $$$$ !

C’mon United. You really need to install iSE on the Kangaroo route!

700 calories

Did you know that walking burns off calories at a rate of about 80 to 100 calories per mile for an average person?

With not much entertainment to be had, I resorted to taking a turn around the plane a fair bit. I worked out that if I took small geisha steps, it would take me 150 of these to complete the circuit. I figure I walked about 15,000 steps on the flight over. That equates to about 5 – 7.5 miles.

I figure I burnt between 600 – 750 calories on that flight.

Counting *sniff* *sniff* to go to sleep

I didn’t get any sleep at all on the flight. The man across the aisle from me *sniffed* the night away.

One sniff, two sniff
Fried green eggs

Yup. The most annoying soft decibel noise I heard all night at 20 second intervals was *sniff* *sniff*. I did try counting them to go to sleep.

No. Such. Luck.
*sniff* *sniff*

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