News that United Airlines is set to introduce a record-breaking 18-hour non-stop flight between Los Angeles and Singapore is both impressive and cringeworthy.
Because though convenient for travelers making the round-the-world journey, eliminating the need for multiple connections and stopovers, the idea of 18 hours aboard a flying, metal tube, breathing in the same recycled air, can be daunting (the approximate flying time westbound is 17 hours, 55 minutes).
Beginning October 27, United’s nonstop flight from Los Angeles to Singapore will set a US record for longest flight by distance, at 8,700 miles (14,000 km).
For flights departing LA, that means travelers arrive in Singapore a full two days later, by local times.
The record-holder for the world’s longest flight overall goes to Qantas, which operates a Doha, Qatar to Auckland, New Zealand route that clocks in at 14,539 km. The flying time, however, is slightly shorter at 17 hours, 30 minutes.
Even if you’re not about to embark on an 18-hour flight, here are a few tips on ideas on how to survive a long-haul flight: