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We invite readers to share thoughts, anecdotes, views or stories on a particular subject. Last week we asked: What would you do on a flight without your laptop? Here are your replies.
Considering the fact that I never use my laptop on an aircraft, this question is fairly easy to answer. Everyone’s heard the quote that the journey is more important than the destination; when the topic of air travel comes to hand, I find it especially true. Whether it be flying to the States, London, or even Switzerland, I always find flying the most exhilarating part. I mentally make a checklist of what I want to do during the duration of my flight and it usually consists of reading. I always have a book packed, it’s my best friend mostly. As well as (if there is a mini TV provided) binge-watching the latest movies, and of course my favourite – jamming to my favourite songs stocked in my phone. Plugging in my earphones, and blasting my music as high as possible – no one can even complain, since the droning of the plane covers up the volume of my music; it’s my most preferred and much-loved thing to do on a plane. Mahika Sethi
Both me and my husband are very fond of travelling – and our kids, even more so. Whether I use my laptop or not usually depends on the duration of the flight and how long we spend at the airport but I am never without it and not having a laptop at all, that would be something hard to imagine! So if I had to board a flight without it, there would be a couple of things that I would do otherwise. Beginning with my husband – I can spend hours with him, talking about even the smallest things. Or if not that, then watching one of the great movies that they have to offer in the in-flight entertainment or catching up on a show that I might have missed. Another thing would be browsing through one of the many newspapers or magazines available – nothing better than a good article to pass your time. Maybe not having my laptop with me wouldn’t be so bad after all! Sadia Mohsin
I love flying. This new change has not affected me since I don’t own an electronic item bigger than my phone. Depending on the duration of the journey I watch movies, listen to songs and play some word games available in the in-flight entertainment. When travelling with my son I play multi-player games and encourage him to use the resources available. Sometimes having minimal belongings is a blessing. Smitha Mathew
Plenty! Books make great flight companions, whether in the ‘book-book’ form or in Kindle/iBook form. I have several books stored in my iPhone, which makes me eagerly look forward to any waiting period. Being in Dubai, I have also got pampered by the extensive in-flight entertainment provided, which at times makes the flight duration seem too short. I, for sure, am not going to miss my laptop. Jaya Mahalingam
I would do exactly what I have been doing for so long, as I never carry my laptop on a plane. For people who do, especially those who don’t even want to transit the Middle East en route to Europe or USA, because of the no laptop rule – learn to relax, enjoy and stimulate the senses in your surroundings, undisturbed by digital stimulation. Observe the people around you, their interactions, their behaviour, play a guessing game, make notes in your notebook. Practise your long-forgotten handwriting, buy a nice new pen, a tool you hardly use other than to peel off plastic.
Pick up a nice book and read – such a change from those flash screens, read magazines, enjoy trivia and gossip – it’s good for your soul, in small doses. Learn new fashion trends, new discoveries, see articles on travel and leisure. Plan a holiday for your loved ones, you will be surprised how much new information can be gleaned by flipping through even a simple magazine. Sample the culinary delights that one normally misses when your head is stuck in your laptop and most importantly strike up a conversation, make new acquaintances, take a nap, watch a movie if you are desperate for a digital fix. Life is too short to waste it on an inanimate screen. Dr Minal Patwardhan Andrade
[Last month] both the US and the UK announced similar measures banning laptops and other large electronic devices. This is an absolute disaster, how can you pass the time without your precious technology? Lucky me, I can pass the time by playing chess or even cards with my younger brother. Without electronics I can do so much better, like interacting with the passenger sitting next to me, or even reading a book. Aamenah Batul
If I am travelling alone, then I would use the opportunity to make new friends with my co-passengers or sit back and relax with nice soothing music, which is always stored in my mobile. If I am travelling with my family, then I would use this opportunity to spend quality time with them, catching up with all the recent happenings, watching a nice movie together, and taking a nap! I normally do not use a laptop on a plane. Shankar Subramanian
I would write a poem on my love towards my husband and dedicate it to him. I have done it once before!
I think a break from all kinds of gadgets is what we need in our busy lives. Watching a movie or reading my favourite book will be my pastime on a plane. Relaxing will be on the cards. Divya Nambiar
As a 15 year old, I usually use my laptop only for entertainment purposes. Without my laptop, I would indulge in a good old novel, because I love reading and I find that I don’t have the time to do so often. I think it is a good opportunity for others to enjoy word searches, crosswords and other ‘old-school’ forms of entertainment as well. If none of those occupy me, there is no harm in getting a little bit of sleep! Anishka Ravi
Airplanes are fun places when the travelling distance is no more than three hours. Airlines such as Emirates don’t give me time to get bored – as they keep serving snacks and food with drinks. Some budget airlines really freak me out, as I have a boy of seven who needs constant entertainment. So we keep on bugging the air hostess or try to sleep, otherwise we try to interact with co-passengers if they are not already irritated. The last hour of the flight is spent making plans for after we land. Sanchita Ghosh
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