These days, in-flight entertainment is an essential aspect of a long haul flight for passengers, because it makes a long flight much more enjoyable.
The first in-flight movie to be shown to passengers was a short film that promoted Chicago. Regular in-flight entertainment did not really begin until 1961, where movies were shown using a projector and passengers had to strain their eyes and be in often uncomfortable positions in order to be able to watch them. They also did not have sound and were in black and white.
Since then, in-flight entertainment has come far. In 1988, the first LCD screen was installed into the back of the airline seats for 1st class passengers. In 1991, Virgin Atlantic installed LCD screens in all cabin classes.
Passengers are now able to choose their own entertainment and activities on their laptops or mobile device. Therefore, connectivity to the Internet is very likely to be an important aspect of in-flight entertainment in the future. Connectivity is also important for business travellers so they can work while they fly and respond to important emails. However, the Internet connections that are currently provided by some airlines are usually too slow and expensive.
Private jet charter users tend to differ with regards to in-flight entertainment when compared to commercial airline passengers. As private jets have very spacious and luxurious cabins they can provide top of the range in-flight entertainment systems with large hi-definition LCD screens. Although not all private jets provide Internet connectivity fitted as standard, this becoming more common and will soon be the new standard.
Indeed, it might not be long before airlines find themselves having to fundamentally rethink the existing in-flight entertainment business model to allow passengers to choose their own entertainment.
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