I always find it funny when friends complain about “jetlag,” despite not having switched timezones. Not too long ago I had a friend that flew from Washington to Tampa, and complained of “jetlag.” Wide eyed, I refrained from commenting.
Along the same lines, some people have a funny definition of what a redeye is. For example, I’ve heard people refer to the 11PM United flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco (arriving around 12:15AM) as a redeye. Not so much, in my opinion.
But that really does raise an interesting question, in my book — how do you define a redeye? Is it based on the length of the flight (at least x hours), the time it departs (late at night), the time it arrives (early in the morning), or what? Is it defined by whether you would reasonably go to bed upon landing or not?
Why do I ask? Well, this weekend I’m taking the late night Washington Dulles to San Francisco flight, departing at 10PM and arriving at 1AM (which is really 4AM in Washington). It’s a six hour flight and departs around the same time as the San Francisco to Washington Dulles redeye (local time), but the only difference is that you gain three hours instead of losing three hours. On one hand I do feel that it’s a redeye, as I’ll likely be conked out for most of it. At the same time, upon landing I’ll go straight to bed (as I should, given that it’s 1AM local time), so is it really a redeye?
I’m actually thinking I won’t get any sleep since this will be my firs flight with my new MacBook Air. The excitement of being able to work (or play Alpine Crawler) for six hours straight probably won’t wear off for a few weeks.