by Norman Berdichevsky (January 2014)
If you’re like me and are not adept at packing suitcases and hand luggage, a long flight can be excruciatingly boring if you’ve put all your usual recreational educational time-killer devices, books, magazines, ipod, laptop or desk calendar away, out of reach, and your airline has cut back on everything from earphones, meals, blankets and newspapers along with on-board luggage capacity. more>>>
'Glossy in-flight magazines still promote brand name perfumes and creams, designer and cheaper watches, liquor, expensive cigars and a few other luxuries most frequent flyers don't want to waste money on. I'd like to see small grocery items for sale that have utility in the average home: sensible digestible fruitcakes, small sets of curry powders & chinese cooking sauces, airline-designed dishcloths and cushion covers, and maybe a few audio books on CD and CD-Rom. For so many long haul flyers who are insomniac small packets on sleep-inducing tablets might also be included in the glossy magazines. There are rarely pages in these lavish publications for children to read - puzzles, quizzes, comic strips and encyclopaedic illustrated features.