Frequent flyers may notice something different when boarding American Airlines new fleet of Boeing 737MAX aircraft later this year: the entertainment.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the airline company announced that it's eliminating its seat-back screens thanks to a noticeable shift in entertainment consumption habits.
“More than 90 percent of our passengers already bring a device or screen with them when they fly,” airline representatives wrote in the statement. “Those phones and tablets are continually upgraded, they’re easy to use, and most importantly, they are the technology that our customers have chosen.”
But don't worry, American Airlines is upgrading its newest fleet of airplanes to include satellite high-speed internet connectivity so that passengers can use their mobile devices and tablets to pass the time. The broadband connection will even have the capacity to stream video via Netflix or Amazon--sites that are typically restricted on airplanes or produce blurry, unwatchable content.
"It makes sense for American to focus on giving customers the best entertainment and fast connection options rather than installing seat-back monitors that will be obsolete within a few years," the company added.
The technological upgrade is a breath of fresh air for many travelers. Many companies are downsizing costs by making seats smaller, or offering 'no frills' airline tickets.