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What It Means When A Passenger Tries 'Raw Dogging' A Flight

By Nicole Cord-Cruz


There are some travel trends on TikTok that will leave you scratching your head. Case in point: 2024 saw the rise of a trend called "raw dogging" a flight.
"Raw dogging" a flight means having no entertainment: no books, no movies, no music, no games, and no chatting. Some people find this therapeutic and say it eases flight anxiety.
"I was tired of the usual routine ... so I said, 'I'm just going to kind of stare off into space, and use it as a Zen meditation," California therapist Michael Ceely told CNN.
Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a clinical psychologist, told the Daily Mail that the white noise from the plane engines can help people find their Zen and meditate through their flight.
However, Ceely said that some men do it as a challenge: "I think it might be more of a male psyche kind of thing: I like a challenge, let me see if I can get through this."
The controversial trend sparked some strong reactions online. One Reddit user said, "If someone bragged to me about this, I would definitely think they're a bit of an idiot."