What a 10-year-old boy said about long haul flight

Our family just back from Indonesia about 2 weeks ago. We flew from Dallas to Tokyo, Japan for 13 hours. After 1 hour and 45 minutes layover, we continued to Jakarta, Indonesia for another 7 hours and 50 minutes.

The route back from Jakarta to Dallas was the same. It was just a bit faster. 10 minutes faster from Jakarta to Tokyo, and 1 hour 15 minutes faster from Tokyo to Dallas with 3 hours and 15 minutes layover in Japan.

Long, right? Not to mention we flew economy class and we had to pass Business/First Class when we entered or left the plane. Torture! Our son said it’s not fair because they got to sit on a much wider seat and very spacious between seats. And they could lie down – flat – when they wanted to sleep. I said, it’s fair because they paid more than double to sit there.

Next is my Q & A with our 10-year-old about his experience flying a long haul flight. It was not the first time for him, but It was the first time that I think he could really experience and talk about it.


What a 10-year-old boy said about long haul flight


Me: What do you think about the long haul flight?

Joey: It was a good way to get some sleep.

Still in a deep sleep even after we landed at Narita Airport, Tokyo from Dallas.
It’s hard to wake him up when we landed in Japan. Still night-time in Dallas.









Me: What did you like best about the long haul flight?

Joey: Sleeping.


Me: What else did you like about it?

Joey: Watching lots of movies. We have an individual tv screen on each seat. So, everyone got to watch their own movies.


Searching for a movie from American Airlines in-flight entertainment.
Yes! They have the movies I want to watch.









Me: What did you don’t like about it?

Joey: The food. It’s blah to most of it. (note: our son is a very picky eater)


Me: What did you bring to keep you from boredom?

Joey: Food, books, neck pillow.


Me: What do you think about the aircrew?

Joey: Quite good.


Me: What do you think about the lavatory?

Joey: It will be better if it’s much bigger. There’s not enough space.


Me: What did you do during layover?

Joey: Sleep.


Me: What do you think about jet lag?

Joey: Confusing.


Me: Last question. Do you want to do another long  haul flight in the future?

Joey: Maybe… Just to Indonesia… I might want to go to UK though. (of course, to see his favorite youtuber!)


My son with a service dog at DFW airport before we left for Indonesia.
Joey with a service dog at DFW airport. The dog arrived at the right time, when we waited for our turn to board the plane.


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  1. I love hearing what kids actually think of travel!!! I think they use a lot LESS adjectives than we do, that is for sure!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      I agree with you. They say whatever they have in their mind.

    2. Umiko Buhl says:

      They help us know what or how to do better for the next trips.

  2. It’s always interesting seeing the world through the eyes of a child!
    I had to laugh, because I’d also have said that I like about long-haul flights that I can sleep… The difference is just that I’m often away on business, mostly on exhausting flights of up to 3-4 hours, which is not long enough to catch some proper sleep. That’s why I like those flights of 10-12 hours, especially those on business where the company pays for the business class tickets, because I can really catch up with some sleep…

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      I think everyone has their ‘favorite’ place to sleep. 🙂

  3. A young man of few words, but valid none the less.

    I have been told I have the attention span of a 10 year, but I think he did a better job than I.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep traveling blogging. Adventure is better when shared with friends!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Thank you so! I agree with you, traveling is better when shared with friends!

  4. Michael says:

    What a wonderful post. Movies, sleep, books. I love the simple yet so honest answers from children. Yesterday, as we were sitting on a plane awaiting push back from the gate, we were behind a mother and her two boys — clearly in the midst of a long journey but also clearly at this point veteran travelers, even at their young age (probably 5 or 6). One boy remarked, “can we please stay overnight in London this time mom?” Answer “Maybe on the way back.” After about ten minutes and as folks on the rather warm plane were getting a bit agitated about the wait, the other boy proclaimed, loudly, “are we THERE yet?” Laughter echoed up and down the aisles.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Yes, children just say whatever they have in their mind. Aren’t you glad to have that kind of kids in the plane? One time from Taipei to LA, this little girl who sat behind me kept kicking my chair but the parents didn’t say anything until I turned around and warned the girl and the parents.

  5. Yogita says:

    Long Haul flights is an interesting topic; some love it, some hate it. I was exciting insight from a child’s point of view. Lovely post

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Thank you!

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