British Airways Extends In-flight Entertainment

Over the years, airlines have made flying a little more bearable with the offering of in-flight entertainment. The addition of personal touchscreens for every passenger has meant you can select your own entertainment and are no long subjected the two or three family friendly in-flight movies. However, these screens are often switched off during take-off and landing, which means we're left to entertain ourselves during those periods.

However, it looks like those traveling British Airways don't have to worry about that anymore. Travel Daily Media reports that, following approval from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), passengers will be able to interact with their screens as soon as they board and continue to watch until the plane taxis at their destination.

"We know how much our customers enjoy our carefully selected in-flight entertainment so we’re delighted that now they’ll be able to pack even more of the programmes and films into their long-haul flights," Frank van der Post, director of brands and customer experience at BA, told Travel Daily Media.

All told, passengers should get an extra hour of film or TV thanks to this new change, which is expected to roll out on December 1.

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  • freggo
    "However, these screens are often switched off during take-off and landing, which means we're left to entertain ourselves during those periods."

    What is wrong with this planet? You need to be entertained 24/7 now?
    Bring a book and READ something, talk to the person next to you (think of it as a sort of LIVE facebooking).

    Look out the Window, you see something most people as of today still have not seen... the earth from higher and higher up.

    ..or check out the legs on the Flight attendants :-)
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  • billybobser
    First of all I'm English,

    Second of all, British Airways are utter garbage. They're still flying planes outfitted with CRT's in the roof, the seats are awful (feels like two rods up your back) and the touchscreens in use must've been the first ones in existance.

    Unless ofcourse they've saved the worst planes for flying long haul for 12 hours...

    (In all honesty, I thought maybe that I was just unlucky, but after flying to China/Hong Kong numerous times, it's always the same.)
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  • memadmax
    Yay......

    Sounds like a gimmick to me... Seriously? An extra 5 minutes or so of video? Unless ur stuck on the tarmac of course but whatever dude...
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  • freggo
    "However, these screens are often switched off during take-off and landing, which means we're left to entertain ourselves during those periods."

    What is wrong with this planet? You need to be entertained 24/7 now?
    Bring a book and READ something, talk to the person next to you (think of it as a sort of LIVE facebooking).

    Look out the Window, you see something most people as of today still have not seen... the earth from higher and higher up.

    ..or check out the legs on the Flight attendants :-)
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