02/04/2013 07:57 am ET Updated Apr 06, 2013

I Was Quite Surprised By Some Things On My LAN Airlines International 'Economy Class' Flight

There is always someone complaining about how horrible flying is.

Many people say that flying is painful and can be the worst part of any trip. For me, a recent flight turned out to be a surprising experience in many ways, least of all in the fact that I -- along with a couple hundred other people -- traveled 3,651 miles in less than nine hours while watching movies, eating, drinking, napping and generally enjoying ourselves.

Saturday afternoon, I found myself on an international flight, assigned to economy class for an eight-hour-plus long-haul to Lima. It was LAN 2535 and we were riding on one of the airline's many 767-300ER aircraft. I was in seat 24D.

Knowing that airlines often ferry passengers to different cities around the planet, I thought it could be useful to discuss the experience. I, for example, always fly economy unless someone else is footing the bill. Maybe other people are considering flying economy and want to know what it's like in case they choose not to fly business class some time. I would hate for those people to be shocked by the conditions in the main cabin.

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