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Airlines Are Starting To Remove Their Current Entertainment Systems & Replacing Them With Apple iPads

Submitted by on June 6, 2012 – 11:11 amNo Comment

There’s nothing fun about flying. From the baby crying in the row behind you to the big, sweaty guy in the middle seat who won’t stop bumping into you, flying can be an absolute nightmare. The one positive on a lot of flights? The individual entertainment systems that allow you to watch whatever you want until you get to your destination. When you’re plugged in to them, all of those other distractions become a little bit more tolerable and you realize that things aren’t so bad. Hey, you could be stuck in a car driving for 12 hours, right? So, you suck it up, tighten your safety belt, and relax for the ride.

But, there are a few airlines out there who are trying to keep you even more entertained when you fly. Those airlines—Singapore’s Scoot and Qantas Airways‘ budget airline JetStar—have completely removed their entertainment systems from planes and started to offer customers the chance to use an Apple iPad 2 loaded with 50GB of music, movies, and TV shows for the duration of their flight. Of course, that won’t help the average American Airlines or JetBlue customer right now, but it does show that this may be the future of flying. Tablets could become commonplace anyday now.

Why? Well, outside of the fact that iPad 2s just make more sense than bulky entertainment systems, those entertainment systems also add a lot more weight to airplanes. In fact, Scoot just announced that they reduced the weight of their planes by seven percent simply by removing their entertainment systems. This, in turn, cuts down on the costs of gas and makes it unnecessary for airlines to raise their rates to accommodate rising gas prices. So, it’s a win/win situation for both the airlines and their customers.

Of course, it’s not all good…yet. As of right now, Scoot is charging a hefty 17 bucks to customers who want to use their iPad 2s. And, if you’re a frequent flier, it’d probably just make more sense to invest in your own iPad 2. But, at the very least, it’s clear airlines are looking for ways to save money these days. And, you might be the beneficiary of that one day soon when they turn to better forms of technology in order to cut costs. It’ll help make flying a little bit more bearable and help the airline’s bottom line in the long run.

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