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We’ve all been there. You get on a plane, determined to work or read a book or even just sleep, yet somehow instead you spend hours of your travel time entranced by the movie on your neighbour’s screen. Entranced and mystified, trying to catch as much as you can without asking your neighbour to share their headphones.
Redditor peekay427 posted an exceedingly generous tip for this situation to the LifeProTips subreddit: If you’re watching a movie on a plane, turn on closed captioning. Not for yourself, but for the hapless voyeurs whose eyes will inevitably be drawn to the bright lights of your screen.
I once watched the entirety of The Shallows on a laptop one row ahead of me, through the space between two seats. I didn’t even want to! It was too gory and stressful for me. But if the person ahead of me had followed this advice, at least I might’ve known what was going on with the seagull. (I was really afraid Blake Lively was going to eat it.)