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Streaming devices to replace inflight entertainment


Some airlines are ditching heavy systems to allow streaming
Entertainment systems on the backs of airline seats may soon become a thing of the past. As mobile technology revolutionises communication and entertainment around the world, airlines are starting to remove heavy inflight systems in favour of allowing streaming via passengers’ devices.
WestJet, a low-cost Canadian airline says it will be doing exactly this for long-haul flights.
“Today, more than 80% of our guests are boarding with a device,” Richard Bartrem, vice president of WestJet, explains. “The new system will allow us to provide a better, more relevant service to our guests while continuing to offer low fares.”
By paying $7.99 for connectivity, WestJet passengers download an app to get high-speed wi-fi via satellites so that they can stream more than 450 movies and TV shows as well as live broadcasts. Passengers without device can rent a tablet. Each seat can also charge devices.
For the airline, removing IFEC systems from a plane can save more than 1,500 pounds (680kg) in weight, reducing fuel needs and lowering costs.
NBC News


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