Quarantine boredom really hits people in different ways, huh.
An Australian family has staged a full recreation of a 15-hour flight from Sydney to Munich in their living room while in lockdown.
Kirsty Russell said her husband, Nathan, a schoolteacher on sabbatical, came up with the idea, complete with security checks, flight attendants and custom-printed boarding passes, after the coronavirus disrupted a family holiday they been planning for five years.
I get that missing out on your vacation sucks. Who could've possibly predicted that the vacation you spent five years planning would be shattered by some virus? Absolutely no one. That's why there's a part of me that thinks this a reasonable thing to do. I mean, you're sitting at home, with nothing to do. Why not just find an excuse to sit in the living room for 15 hours? When in Rome, as they say.
sidenote - 5 years to plan a trip to Germany seems a little preposterous, no?
At the end of the day, it's just an excuse to sit in the living room for 15 hours. No way around it. They're all just gonna sit there and watch TV and Movies for 15 hours. Again, nothing wrong with that, we're all pretty much doing the same thing but let's call a spade a spade here. This family just gonna watch countless hours of Netlfix during this whole thing.
This woman's 16-year-old son looks like he's having the time of his fucking life. Grinning from ear to ear. Can barely contain his excitement. Hell yeah, quarantine RULES.
I honestly can't believe they made him put on the yellow jacket. Literally laugh out loud funny to look and see him dressed to his part, shows a little dedication to the roleplay. Meanwhile, that 9-year-old girl is probably letting all sorts of contraband onto this flight without even realizing it. Fucking amateur.
This is where I'd draw the line. I'm all for some playful roleplaying in desperate times like these but come on. Your gonna make me take off my shoes and go through airport security? In my own home? Going through security is literally the worst thing on the planet, people only do it because they literally have to in order to travel. Why the fuck would I want to do it in my leisure time? You're right! I don't! Again, I don't mind the actual event going on here - I actually think it's a fun way to kill time - but when you start making me go through actual security procedures, I draw the line. Playtime's over, I'm going to my room.
I actually don't hate the menu and ticket move. The name "Lounge Chair Air" is actually pretty solid. The meals could be a little better but beggars can't be choosers, I suppose. Sure, I'd probably finesse my way into multiple meals but that's neither here nor there. It's the little details like these that make it all fun. Not making you're kids go through a faux airport security in their own home. if you told them to just go sit in the living room for 15 hours, it'd have the same effect.
“It started as a joke but it has actually been quite fun,” Russell told Guardian Australia from the second leg of her flight, via Doha. “We thought the kids would not be into it at all. But they have embraced it.”
I guess that's all that matters. That her kids were able to have a fun time during all of this. Nows as good a time as any to start doing wacky shit like this. Personally, I'd much rather just sit in my room all day and talk to no one but I could get how this is enticing to some people. I just feel like sitting in your living room for 15 hours is a bit… pointless.
PS - what happened when someone fell asleep? Were they allowed to move to their bedroom or were they forced to sleep straight up on the couch as if they were on a plane?