Questions tagged [inflight-entertainment]

For questions concerning in-flight entertainment on screens placed on, in front of, or behind seats.

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Why do entertainment system headphones on aircraft have two pins?

In most commercial flights where headphones are provided for inflight entertainment they have two pins, unlike single pin connections which we use on the ground (e.g. for mobile phones). Is there a ...
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How does an Airbus aircraft connect to the Internet? [duplicate]

I would like to understand better where (physically in the aircraft) and how the Internet connection is received on an Airbus aircraft, in particular in an Airbus A380, and then how this system is ...
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What was the inflight entertainment in the early seventies?

In her 1970 song "This Flight Tonight", Joni Mitchell sings I'm drinking sweet champagne Got the headphones up high Can't numb you out Can't drum you out of my mind They're playing Goodbye ...
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Are those devices allowed on a flight which create their own WiFi signals?

I am going from Canada to Mexico but I don't want to be dependent on in-flight entertainment. Thus I got seagate wireless plus so I can stream to my iPad. I couldn't find any policies I can use this ...
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What is the source for the flight data shown on in-flight entertainment systems?

This question which claims that an altitude of 55,000 ft. was observed on a passenger's in-flight entertainment system on an Emirates B777 made me wonder: What are the normal sources of information ...
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How does the in flight entertainment system works?

I board an aircraft, wait for it to takeoff, then find the headphones somewhere near my seat plug them into the two-pin point, and it works! But, how does it works for hundreds of other passengers ...
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Why is the IFE only available after take-off and shut off before landing?

Every time I fly in an airplane that has an In-Flight Entertainment System (IFE) that consists of screens embedded in every passenger seat it is only turned on a few minutes after take-off and turned ...
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How much power is needed by aircraft IFE systems during flight?

How much power is needed by aircraft In Flight Entertainment systems during flight if they operate all the devices connected in the cabin?
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Why are there full-fledged entertainment systems on aircraft when today everyone has a smart phone?

Today, many large commercial aircraft have full-fledged entertainment systems, sometimes going as far as putting a personal LED screen in every seat. Let's just consider the costs of this for a ...