In today’s modern age as passengers have access to tablets, phones, and laptops, airlines are making it a point to remove their seat-back screens on planes. While some flyers would still prefer to have seat-back screens during their plane rides, most airlines understand that this type of technology is simply no longer needed.
The New Wave of In-Flight Entertainment
Instead, certain airlines have their ideas for in-air entertainment. Since most tech tends to be expensive to install, maintain, and operate, many airlines aren’t bothering to install the complex embedded systems on short-haul planes. Some airlines like American are even removing their seat-back screens from their planes.
This can be shocking to infrequent flyers that go months or years between flights as they might expect to have access to in-flight movies either through television screens installed throughout the planes or seat-back screens. Thus, trips in recently renovated planes may leave passengers wondering where all the screens are disappearing to.
Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian recently during Skift Global Forum recently discussed that Delta found a solution for their short-haul planes. This revolutionary system focuses on using tablets that are mounted in the seats. It will be known as “Delta Wireless IFE,” using GOGO’s back-end tech known as Gogo Vision Tech.
The huge selling point of Delta’s innovation is the wireless feature. The fact that it is wireless makes the system easier than ever to install. Instead of having to wire the whole plane just for these tiny screens, the Delta Wireless IFE simply requires a tablet put into the seat headrest.
Passengers and Their Electronics
Flyers on domestic flights that are set on watching in-flight entertainment are sure to be grateful for the planes that have in-seat tablets. The reality is that most flyers would never notice the difference between standard in-seat screens and tablets. However, airlines like American that are in the process of removing their screens would do well to tap in Delta’s innovative ideas.
Airlines that would rather save money by discontinuing in-flight entertainment do so because most passengers have their entertainment aboard. According to American, over 90% of their customers have some sort of electronic or entertainment device during the flight. Passengers that are hoping to be entertained can essentially entertain themselves.
Instead of looking to bring new entertainment technology aboard, many airlines are trying to take care of other necessities. Several airlines are updating their airplanes to include power outlets for every seat–something all passengers stand to benefit from.