From Shelf Awareness and the SF Chronicle:
Literary terror at 35,000 feet! Trapped on a 16-hour flight without a book, John Flinn shared his desperate search for alternative entertainment with readers of the San Francisco Chronicle.
The meager alternatives? "Pray this never happens to you," wrote Flinn, "but if it does, you might want to pass some of those eternities the way I eventually did on this flight . . . Commit your passport number to memory . . . Try to figure out what all the fuss is about Sudoku. . . . Concoct an elaborate revenge fantasy about the guy two rows ahead of you . . . the Skymall catalog, of course. . . . Turn to the route map in the back of the in-flight magazine and memorize the locations of all the "stan" countries of Central Asia. . . ." Etc.