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 lay 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.

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