Discuss: American Airlines Removing In-seat Screens

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February 2, 2017 at 05:27:15
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that American Airlines is removing in-seat screens from new 737s it is ordering. Discuss here if you think the surge in tablet ownership warrants this change, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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February 2, 2017 at 08:16:19
just as long as it doesn't result in assorted tablet users broadcasting audio-wise whatever they're watching to all and sundry...

But the airline still has to have some screens to show the safety videos etc...

If they intended that passengers view inflight entertainment via wifi on their own tablets.. I can see a charge for that in due course; and I'm not altogether keen on possible wifi interference etc. with in flight avionics...

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February 2, 2017 at 09:38:53
"possible wifi interference etc. with in flight avionics"

I'm sure the airlines will assure you it is perfectly safe.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 2, 2017 at 10:54:49
Well, I would hope that the planes will cost less, thereby helping to control overall costs of flying. I look at my time in a plane similar to time spent in a hospital bed in that they are both necessary evils. Unless you fly first class, which I have never done, flying is not a pleasant experience, with or without in flight movies. The person in front of you is likely to recline their seat anyway.

Get me there cheaply and fast is what I want most.

I don''t see how the airline could charge you to watch a movie that you saved on your device. I have seen folks do that in the past.

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February 2, 2017 at 11:04:10
I was thinking that the inflight entertainment would become wifi distribution - to be viewed on tablets belonging to the passenger; or worse - they would charge for the use of one of the airlines tablets... Either way there would be a charge for all of it...

Getting rid of the built-in screens would mean less wiring and distribution kit, and maintenance of it all too - and often that latter aspect leaves a lot to be desired...

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February 2, 2017 at 11:52:14

I understand what your thoughts were. However, if you are already carrying a tablet, why wouldn't you come prepared with entertainment on it?

If they provided a tablet then I guess you would expect to pay for the use of it and the movie, if one was viewed.

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February 2, 2017 at 12:37:55
I agree if I came with my own tablet etc... But at present (at least in anything above steerage/tourist class - there is no charge for inflight entertainment.

I can't help but think the AA move is a step towards charging for everything once you're in the air.... Much the same way as Delta started to charge for anything other than the dreaded pretzels (I hate them - yuk!) or peanuts... And now other airlines are going the same way (BA for example).

The money saved in installations and subsequent reduced maintenance will not be insignificant... But then there would the cost of wifi distribution and some maintenance of that to consider. Charging for the movie (if that's what is already a norm) might be viable; but not for use of an AA tablet. And if one used one' own tablet then again movie fee as now if appropriate - only; no corkage equivalent...

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February 7, 2017 at 12:39:33
Just watching the other passengers is entertainment enough for me. :)

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