- On a flight in March, a passenger used a portable projector to show a movie on the overhead bin.
- On a long haul flight, the first thing I do before takeoff is scroll through the movie and TV options.
- I use Tomatometer to make the perfect playlist.
In March, a passenger flying from Athens to Singapore on a low-cost airline pulled out a portable projector, Continue showing “The Patriot” The 2000 war epic starring Mel Gibson on the overhead luggage.
Another passenger on the flight, Douglas Lazic-Kirk, shared the screening on TikTok. “I fly a lot and what I see on the plane blows my mind. That’s why I started filming,” said Razik-Kirk usa today.
For me, it’s a memory of my childhood. I am American and moved to Japan when I was 9 years old. My family used to fly from Tokyo to Chicago twice a year, a 12 hour flight. This was in the 90s, before there were direct flights to my hometown of New York, and there were no screens on the seat backs. Back then, the first thing we did when we boarded the plane was to see what movies had been selected for the flight.
It’s always hit and miss. It could be a movie you just saw a few months ago, or even a movie you have no interest in watching. I’m sure finding a movie that appeals to people of different ages, genders, and movie tastes on the plane is a daunting task. On top of that, the screens you see – usually only one in business class and one in economy – are often obscured by your seat position or the heads of taller people.
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Fast forward to 2023. In-flight entertainment on full-service airlines has taken giant leaps. I’m currently living in Singapore and still flying long distances to the US to visit family.
These days, the first thing I do after boarding a plane and before I take off is to scroll through my movie and TV options.Before data access was interrupted during takeoff, I took out my phone and checked rotten tomatoes Ratings for any movies and shows that sound interesting. I found each film’s Tomatometer score based on the opinions of top movie and TV critics.
Some systems, such as Singapore Airlines’ system, allow you to set up playlists of what you want to watch. Since a direct flight from Singapore to New York City takes more than 18 hours, there are plenty of options on the list. At least one lowly rated rom-com usually sneaks into my pipeline.
For excursions in the area, I fly with budget airlines that don’t offer inflight entertainment. Maybe it’s time to invest in a projector.
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