iPod Video to Play on Airline Seat-Back Displays

According to Reuters, “Airline passengers will soon be able to connect their iPods to in-flight entertainment systems and watch their favorite videos without fear of running out of battery power while traveling on any of six major carriers, iPod maker Apple Computer Inc. said on Tuesday.

Air France, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, KLM and UAL Corp.’s United Airlines will begin offering their passengers iPod seat connections, which power and charge iPods during flight and allow the video content on the devices to be viewed on seat-back displays.

The service will begin in the middle of next year.”

No word on weather it has to be an actual ‘iPod’, but analysts did have this to say, “it’s a nice add-on, makes customers happier, keeps them out of flight attendants’ hair.” — MEGHANN MARCO

Apple in deal to let iPod videos play on planes [Reuters]

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  1. Magister says:

    I am happy when the planes have in-flight movies, even it is on a 20 year old three colored lense projector. I just don’t see Delta upgrading much of the domestic fleet anytime soon for stuff like this.

    Heck, I have been a Medellion flyer for 10 years and have NEVER been on a flight with a power adapter in my seat. And I get upgraded lots.

    I would be tempted to dip into Ipod if they offered it. Unless I could rig it to power my laptop or a Zune.

  2. spin_sycle says:

    only iPod? like there are no other MP3 players?

  3. BelBivDevolkswagen says:

    Who’s gonna be the first scumbag to attempt to watch some sort of porn on the seatback?

  4. AcilletaM says:

    Shhh! Don’t talk about other mp3/video players. You’re going to wake up the fan boys…

  5. TedSez says:

    “It’s a nice add-on, makes customers happier, keeps them out of flight attendants’ hair.” Plus it’s cheaper than giving them food, blankets, comfortable seats, or as much personal space as you’d allow a calf being bred for veal.

  6. miss_smartypants says:

    “Plus it’s cheaper than giving them food, blankets, comfortable seats, or as much personal space as you’d allow a calf being bred for veal.”

    And it’s a LOT cheaper than making long-term safety and security improvements. I saw a documentary insisting that all this increased entertainment nonsense just added weight and wires to the planes, which is extremely dangerous given that the electronics on mostly older-model 30 year old jets haven’t been upgraded, concluding that just such an electronics glitch on overloaded, old wires caused one of the recent crashes over Long Island. I’m no airline safety expert at all, but it seems to me in the long run I’d rather have them put the money into a safer plane and just watch the video on the Ipod screen. But that’s just me.

  7. Who’s gonna be the first scumbag to attempt to watch some sort of porn on the seatback?

    Psh, some sort of porn? All sorts of porn!

  8. only iPod? like there are no other MP3 players?

    iPod’s the only one with that there Dock connector…and that’s the easiest way to do integration.

    And yes, there will be lots of in-flight porn, from the same jag-offs who sit at stoplights and watch skin flicks with their windows down.

    I saw a documentary insisting that all this increased entertainment nonsense just added weight and wires to the planes, which is extremely dangerous given that the electronics on mostly older-model 30 year old jets haven’t been upgraded

    The documentary must have made everything sound really simple. Because replacing 30+ year-old wiring that still works properly isn’t simple. When airplanes hit things, people get hurt for two reasons – airplanes must be light, and they must also be fast. The Kapton insulation you’re talking about should have been replaced, but wasn’t. And that was the airline’s fault – but the Kapton insulation was used in the cockpit, not in an entertainment system.

    Adding several tons of structure won’t save several hundred lives when your pilot flies into a hill, but adding several tons of entertainment equipment will keep millions of people happy as they fly safely on the vast majority of flights.

  9. Heck, I have been a Medellion flyer for 10 years and have NEVER been on a flight with a power adapter in my seat. And I get upgraded lots.

    I think that’s because the Delta’s FAs don’t know that seat power is installed, or how to use it. The last time I flew SFO-ATL, I plugged in my seat power adaptor and surprised the heck outta the FA, who thought I was doing something sinister.

  10. Parttimesaint says:

    Is this the part where I sing the praises of seatguru.com when it comes to figuring out power outlet locations and the like on the various airlines?

  11. IsenMike says:

    No word on weather it has to be an actual ‘iPod’

    Well if they’re saying that you can charge the MP3 player, they’re probably going with one brand. Unless each seat is going to be equipped with a few dozen power cords with different voltages and plug types.

    iPod’s the only one with that there Dock connector…and that’s the easiest way to do integration

    Not true. It’s just the most popular MP3 player with a dock connection. The Creative Zen Vision: M has a connection similar to the iPod’s. Not exactly the same, though, so they won’t be compatible.

    Honestly I think that this brand favoritism is pretty obnoxious. But then I really don’t like the iPod.

  12. miep says:

    Eeehm, this report might qualify as a huge OOOPS! Who is the source of this?

    Apparently, both KLM and Air France don’t know anything about this, according to dutch website nu.nl (article in dutch: http://www.nu.nl/news/885979/54/rss/%27iPod-aansluiting_in… And unless Boeing and Apple will sneak their electronics equipment past security checks and start soldering away in a darkened cabin 36000 feet over the atlantic, it seems that the airlines’ approval is at least some obstacle.

    Is there anyone that can actually confirm this story?