IFE (In-Flight Entertainment) is in so many words something to keep you occupied when you’re trapped in a small seat crossing distances far and wide. This is very common amongst long haul and short haul aircraft across the world (well.. except in Short Haul in Europe it seems where the only thing you get is a seat to sit in – and that’s if you’ve been good). But there are of course – variations of IFE (depending on where you sit on the plane sometimes). Here’s a few of them:
- PTV AVOD (Audio/Visual on demand)
- PTV Rolling
- Big Screen
- Audio Only
A Modern IFE System – Continental Boeing 777-200 (Economy Class – Panasonic EX2)
A (Bad) Example of PTV (Rolling) with BMI (Just before Takeoff – Y Class)
And finally on the Big Screen (United 747 – Economy)
So these are great – except what if there is nothing to watch… or even worse, you’re on a flight and suddenly realise there is NO IFE/Very Poor IFE?
My Solution: Build your own system! (What? I’m a geek. I’m allowed to think of a technical solution)
Now if you’re going to do this make sure
1) You switch on your portable electronic device when you’re allowed to,
2) Make sure you have spare sickbags (if you’re nauseous in the air)
3) make sure you don’t rip the bag too much so that your precious media device ends up on the floor and
4) Prepare be laughed at – or watch people copying you…
So – a method:
- rip hole in baggie
- rip hole large enough for screen
- rip hole in side so you can plug your headset in
- mount onto seat back
- enjoy entertainment
and you get of these….
Of course you could watch it in your hand or lap, but there is a lot of strain doing that. Why strain when you do thing slightly less elegantly? Simples!