What's Your In-Flight Guilty Pleasure?

What's Your In-Flight Guilty Pleasure?

Tess Wilson
Jul 15, 2013

In her book Take The Cannoli, Sarah Vowell writes, "I give the wee small hours the same extraterrestrial exemptions as airplanes. Just as planes are guilt-free, work-free zones in which to watch Drew Barrymore movies and read Vanity Fair, I refuse to do anything productive at 4am." If you give air travel the same free pass, how do you make the most of your in-flight fun time?

A friend of mine, one of the smartest and most successful people I know, indulges in coast-to-coast viewing of Keeping Up With The Kardashians whenever she travels. Another always throws copies of US Weekly and InTouch into her carry-on along with her big, fat books. A third friend drinks and then naps. I like to save up my issues of Vogue, eat wasabi peas, drink ginger ale, and refuse to be productive. Besides, the prices of in-flight WiFi are so exorbitant, I'm pretty sure I'd come out behind on whatever work I get done. I'd rather save my work for when I'm back on solid ground, fully hydrated and breathing fresh air, and undistracted by the seat-hog, adorable baby, or loud-talker next to me.

What do you do in the air that you might never allow yourself to do on land? Or are you more concerned with How To Stay Productive While Flying?

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