How to Fly Coach in Comfort
Pack Your Own Entertainment
Time Flies When You’re Busy: Don’t rely on SkyMall and the in-flight movie to keep you occupied. The list of possible diversions is endless: personal stereo, favorite magazine, sudoku, or, suggests Arthur Frommer, “Some giant novel that you’ve always planned to read—War and Peace or the Naguib Mahfouz trilogy about Cairo.” Before you leave home, download one or two movies onto your own device, bring an e-book or the real thing and make sure all of your batteries are charged. In the U.S., the top airlines for entertainment and perks in coach are JetBlue (think TV, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and free snooze kits with earplugs and eye masks on overnight flights) and Virgin America (expect TV, leather seats, mood lighting, Wi-Fi, power outlets and a touchscreen meal and drink ordering system). Abroad, Singapore Airlines is known for larger-than-average LCD screens and amenity kits filled with a toothbrush and toothpaste, socks, earplugs and an eye mask. Don’t mind if we do.
BYO Headphones: Avoid paying the airline $5 for its crummy headphones; bring your own from home for free.
—Reid Bramblett and Bree Sposato