Most shows I watch on my laptop — I do DVR a few things but mostly I watch television and movies on airplanes.
I also never rely on an airline’s inflight entertainment to keep me occupied. I’ll download who seasons of shows and watch good chunks of them on long haul flights (and then resist the temptation to continue watching when I’m back home — these are for flying only!).
When I spoke at an aviation conference on a panel with Scott Kirby of US Airways, I heard his boss remark later in the day that all airlines curse the person who invented inflight entertainment. They’re a huge cost center and they provide no opportunity to make any money. The context here was US Airways’ decision to install internet across its fleet — they knew it was a money loser, but the alternative was worse, they were seeing people booking away from US Airways in favor of other carriers who offered it.
Historically “IFE” has been that way but going forward I don’t see it nearly as much the case (and of course US Airways doesn’t offer inflight entertainment domestically). That trend will be exacerbated as inflight wireless spreads and with better speed.
But even now I’m generally surprised by people who don’t bring their own. To me that’s part of preparing for flight. I tend to do quite a bit of work in the air (especially with internet!) but there reaches a point that my brain just needs to veg out and that’s also the point that it doesn’t do nearly so much good to try to read either.
My current queue includes:
- The 4 most recent episodes of The Walking Dead
- Season 2 of Hell on Wheels
- Season 2 of True Blood
I’ve just finished:
- Season 2 of Game of Thrones
- Season 1 of Magic City
- Season 1 of Homeland
I highly recommend:
- Season 1 of The Borgias (I eagerly anticipate the downloadable release of Season 2)
- The Shield
- The Wire
What’s in your inflight queue?