Tagged With in-flight entertainment

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Careening through the air 10,000m above the ground can be a brutal experience. To help us cope, airlines have evolved some pretty sophisticated on-demand entertainment in the form of games, movies, internet and the occasional backrub. Here's a look at some of the ambitious ideas that got us there, the failures along the way, and concepts we might see in the future.

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American Airlines has today revealed its plans for a "New American" with a fresh redesign of its livery, which hasn't been updated since 1968 and a handful of tidbits about its techie new future. The new paint job can be seen on its new Boeing 777-300 when it takes flight at the end of the month.

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Not happy with invading phones, tablets and TVs, Runway Girl Mary Kirby reports that Android will live inside aeroplane seats too. Both Thales and Panasonic are eyeing Google's platform for their next-generation touchscreen in-flight entertainment products.

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Are planes your last refuge from this horrible, awful internet? Or are they terrifying airborne isolation chambers, which pose a dire threat to your carefully regimented tweeting schedule? Either way, don't buy a ticket without consulting this chart.