Now not showing: films on US Airways

Word that US Airways was ending in-flight moves (at least on longer A320 domestic flights) got a big reaction – bigger than we thought was justified. You know the story: the equipment is heavy and people with their own personal entertainment devices won’t shell out even a dollar or two for earphones. 421129969_1bdd670830.jpgBut it got us thinking about how most airlines have moved away from macro to micro, which is from showing one movie to everyone to showing many movies to individuals. Few airlines have ‘big’ or shared screens any more, and they aren’t that big. They pop down from the overheads and the like. On US Airways, they come down from the overheads, as in this picture. Much airline in-flight entertainment, though, is on seatbacks, and is often limited to the middle and front of the planes. (Delta is a rare exception).

To get the real scoop on the US Airways move, have a look at Runway Girl (aka Mary Kirby), who knows a thing or two about IFE.













The big screens go back farther than you may think: back in 1921, Aeromarine Airways showed a HOWDY CHICAGO film as one of its amphibians flew around Chicago. It wasn’t until 1961 that the airlines developed a vibration-free film system, and the TWA was quick to show Lana Turner and Efrem Zimbalist Jr in BY LOVE POSSESSED on a Boeing 707. Our favourite in-flight film, of course, is AIRPLANE, featuring this non-union cockpit crew.


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