Bring Your Own Device if you want Inflight Entertainment

By Elliot Bullman

Travellers are increasingly favouring laptops, phones, and tablets to seatback screens, which are expensive and add weight to the aircraft.

As part of a major cost-cutting measure major airlines are embracing a new trend called BYOD, or bring your own device. Several major airlines seem very interested inphasing out screens in airplane seat-backs.

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The shift comes as passengers increasingly favour personal devices like laptops, phones, and tablets over seatback screens.

While this shift may be cost-effective for airlines, some travellers prefer seatback screens to using personal devices because they take up less space and don't threaten to drain their devices' batteries.

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This means airlines may have to make investments in outlets and increase the quality of their entertainment offerings to gain an edge on the competition.

Only those travellers with quality portable screens and long battery life will remain unaffected. But not everybody is in such an enviable situation.

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Those opposed to the move argue that this move will encourage profiteering because it could be a way to start charging an extra fee for movie access.

Why, we’re all quite used to paying for such things by now, aren’t we?

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