|You may as well pack it with krill|
The luggage-jettison idea was submitted via a standard corporate "idea drop box" in 1979 by a gal named Rosalind Grenbodine, and was so quickly adopted by all major airlines that nobody could actually remember which company implemented it first. Rosalind would have obviously been able to speak to this question, but she was a rather unpopular employee within her organization (nobody likes the coworker who always has the good ideas), and company administration either purposefully or inadvertently approved a suggestion, also submitted via the idea drop box, to award Rosalind a guest seat on the first flight that would practice the luggage jettison, with the underlying intent (and outcome) of also jettisoning Rosalind.
One item that cannot be neglected when packing a bag for a long flight is a good book or three. Nothing will pass the time more easily than an engaging read, and the best part is that when you finally tire of reading after a few hours, you're likely to just fall asleep, which also passes the time. The difficulty is in choosing the right book, and this is a question with which I struggle. On the one hand, I know that a fantasy novel or thriller will be thoroughly engaging and will make the trip pass in rather pleasing fashion. Halfway through a long flight over the ocean? No problem, because that cliffhanger at the end of chapter 14 left you wanting more. Need to kill a few hours during a layover? Perfect, that's just enough time to make some progress on the brilliantly developing plot. With a working imagination, the trip can actually be enjoyable and not just something to be endured.
|Dragons! Swords! Magic! Guilt!|
When choosing a book, the question I end up asking is "WWJBD?" That is, "What would Jason Bourne do?" Would Jason Bourne pick out a fantasy novel for the flight? Please, that is laughable. Jason Bourne, on his flight from Switzerland to Germany, would learn the German language and the complete layout of downtown Berlin, just in case it would come in handy. We watch movies that involve Jason Bourne, and we come out wanting to be Jason Bourne, so the question, naturally, should be "WWJBD?". You want to be like him, so okay, get yourself a book on beginner's German and start reading. Sure, this isn't a movie, so you aren't going to learn the language in a few hours, but nothing is stopping you from at least getting started. Seriously, if you learned a language - even one - by teaching yourself while flying, riding a bus, or even just sitting at home, people would think it was extremely cool and you would probably have a great amount of personal satisfaction. In contrast, nobody cares if you read the latest fantasy novel.
Pesky self-actualization. Always making me doubt my choice to sit back and enjoy reading about House Greyjoy battling it out with House Targaryen.
|Reading Robert Ludlum books is a complete waste of time|
WWJBD? Looking in the mirror, the answer is not the same as WJPWD. It ain't me, babe.