Are airlines about to ditch seat-back entertainment screens on their planes?
A major airline has announced plans for a fleet of planes without any seat-back screens, which could mean the beginning of the end of traditional in-flight entertainment systems.
American Airlines have just ordered a fleet of 100 new Boeing 737 Max aircraft for their domestic routes - and not one of the planes will feature seat-back screens in an attempt to modernise in-flight entertainment.GIF Pin Giphy Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
But before you panic at missing out on all those new release movies (we're with you), American Airlines still plans on allowing customers to tune into an onboard entertainment library with films, TV and more using their own personal devices.
According to Skift, AA explained in a statement to their employees: "More than 90 percent of our passengers already bring a device or screen with them when they fly. Those phones and tablets are continually upgraded, they're easy to use, and most importantly they are the technology that our customers have chosen.Most Popular
"It makes sense for American to focus on giving customers the best entertainment and fast connection options rather than installing seat-back monitors that will be obsolete within a few years."Pin Getty
Customers will also be able to stream content from Netflix and Amazon, but for that they'll have to pay a WiFi fee which has not yet been revealed.
Now, we know what you're thinking, hours spent streaming Netflix is going to wipe your battery power fairly quickly. Thankfully, AA have thought of a solution, and plan on adding charging points for every seat on nearly half of its fleet by the end of 2018, according to Skift.
While this change is currently only onboard American Airlines domestic flights, we're guessing that if its a success it won't be long before other airlines follow suit and implement change on long-haul flights, too.
And no, we're not quite ready for it.GIF Pin