Airline entertainment under threat


Airlines around the world spend millions of dollars annually upgrading their in-flight entertainment systems, but electronic gadgets like iPods and other mobile entertainment gadgets could change all that.

The Airwise News writes that: “Besides bland airline food one other certainty for most long-haul travellers flying in economy class has always been time passed with movies and games on a tiny 5-inch screen provided by the airline.”

However, with USB ports and a power socket increasingly common even for economy class passengers on carriers such as Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways, in-flight entertainment is heading for a rough ride.

Carriers such as Delta Air Lines, has plans to offer an Internet connection on board, allowing passengers to continue tweeting and updating their Facebook status instead of flipping channels on the in-flight entertainment (IFE) system.

Thus with new technology available it has made it possible for passengers to opt out of in-flight entertainment and choose want they want to do.

As more and more airline passengers carry low-cost netbook PCs and other mobile entertainment devices such as Apple’s iPod and other MP3 players with them on board flights, we could see in-flight entertainment take a nose dive.


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