Farewell to in-flight seatback screens

Farewell to in-flight seatback screens

Airlines are about to implement something new in the sphere of onboard entertainment. As a result, passengers will watch films on their cell phones or tablets.

U.S. largest airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, are about to remove seatback screens from almost all the planes operating domestic connections. These destinations are operated by Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.

Airlines aims at switching from seatbacks to streaming. Though American and United are going to leave seatback screens on cross-country flights. They are connecting New York and Los Angeles or San Francisco. But for, example, Southwest Airlines has no seatback screens on their Boeing 737 and has no intention to do so. While on the contrary Delta and JetBlue are in need of this type of entertainment. At least, it is now so.

According to the survey by J.D. Power on airline satisfaction it has been defined that such factors as fresh food, seatback games and films are of top priority for travelers. But the desire of airlines to get rid of seatback screens is justified by the fact that most travelers have devices with them. Moreover, it will let airlines save up on purchasing hardware and planes become fuel efficient and lighter.

Those who are upset with such changes might find the fact that Wi-Fi onboard becomes faster really positive. But in general, airlines are implementing policies when passengers have to rely on themselves in terms of entertainment.