Flying long distance American Airlines? Lucky (or rich) enough to be in first or business class? Then your flying experience is about to get a lot more tablet-tastic.
Starting today, passengers in the fancy seats won’t have to contend with the same plebeian in-flight entertainment system as the folks in coach. Instead, the flight attendants will hand them 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tabs for their pleasure.
No more will these passengers have to contend with in-seat screens or resistive touch. The Galaxy Tab will come pre-loaded with over 70 movies plus some TV shows and selected music. On certain flights they’ll even give you a pair of Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones for the trip. Right now there are no games, books, or any other entertainment choices, though these are coming soon.
Apparently there will be a special UI laid over Android made for the AA in-flight experience that is more user friendly — likely it’s just to keep people from doing normal things with the Tab. Right now they don’t appear to connect to Wi-Fi on demand, though this is another thing that will be part of future offerings.
We knew this was coming, of course. And it won’t be long before Android tablets replace the current generation of in-flight entertainment systems in some Boeing aircraft. And there’s a company working on delivering in-flight content directly to your own smartphone, laptop or tablet. Until then, the folks in coach are SOL.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available to premium passengers on long flights between JFK and LAX or SFO, MIA and LAX or SFO, BOS and LAX, and some international flights.