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Longest Flight W/out IFE?  
User currently offlineContinental123 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 147 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3345 times:

I was just wondering what the longest flight without IFE? Any ideas?

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User currently offlineFutureSDPDcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3325 times:

I'm gonna take a guess and say a Southwest flight from the East Coast to the West Coast. I did 5 hours, 34 mins from BWI to SAN back in December.

User currently offlineFloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3325 times:

Well, NW doesn't have IFE on any domestic flights, so maybe some of their flights to Alaska could be contenders?


Good goes around!
User currently offlineCOERJ From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3312 times:

I believe the longest NONSTOP flight would probably be AS ORD-ANC

User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3312 times:

When you say IFE, do you mean PTV, overhead video or audio?

-CXfirst



From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlineSkibum9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

Man....I don't understand what the BIG deal is with IFE on this board? What ever happened to reading a book or something that will make you smarter when you have some down time rather than watching some mind-numbing dribble or playing some stupid game.


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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3279 times:

Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 5):

I got to say, I can't sit and read a book for 4 or more hours, I need some other kind of entertainment.

-CXfirst



From Norway, live in Australia
User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6531 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

Quoting COERJ (Reply 3):
believe the longest NONSTOP flight would probably be AS ORD-ANC

Doesn't AS have the DigiPlayers?



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3231 times:

Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 5):
Man....I don't understand what the BIG deal is with IFE on this board? What ever happened to reading a book or something that will make you smarter when you have some down time rather than watching some mind-numbing dribble or playing some stupid game.

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I find that little by little I tend not to even turn the PTV's on, even when flying on airlines like SQ or EK, which offer great IFE.

Cheers,
Coal



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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5673 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

Quoting Floridaflyboy (Reply 2):
Well, NW doesn't have IFE on any domestic flights, so maybe some of their flights to Alaska could be contenders?

NW DTW-ANC-OGG?

Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 5):
Man....I don't understand what the BIG deal is with IFE on this board? What ever happened to reading a book or something that will make you smarter when you have some down time rather than watching some mind-numbing dribble or playing some stupid game.

Or even looking out the window at the best view on the planet...

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 6):
I got to say, I can't sit and read a book for 4 or more hours, I need some other kind of entertainment.

Look out the window...



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User currently offlineSkyyMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 5):
Man....I don't understand what the BIG deal is with IFE on this board? What ever happened to reading a book or something that will make you smarter when you have some down time rather than watching some mind-numbing dribble or playing some stupid game.

Thank you! I was going to say this but you beat me to it. It's not as if people don't get enough TV and video games at home. I look forward to "quiet" time when flying, so I can read. Even when I fly on airlines that have IFE, I rarely if ever turn it on. I'll take my WN peanuts and a good book any day over a trumped up "experience" and a 10 inch video screen with "Everybody Loves Raymond" reruns.


User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 7):
Doesn't AS have the DigiPlayers?

Yup, they do, for $10.


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25300 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3170 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 8):
Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 5):
Man....I don't understand what the BIG deal is with IFE on this board? What ever happened to reading a book or something that will make you smarter when you have some down time rather than watching some mind-numbing dribble or playing some stupid game.


I find that little by little I tend not to even turn the PTV's on, even when flying on airlines like SQ or EK, which offer great IFE.

I totally agree. I've been on four 10 to 12 hour nonstops in the past couple of months. I usually find that I spend a few minutes scrolling through the various movies and other video items available, seldom find anything that's worth watching, and then ignore the IFE system for the rest of the flight, except for occasionally checking the moving map/flight info display so you can tell where you are and the expected arrival time etc. I may listen to the music channels for a while but also rarely find much worth listening to. Very rarely there may be a movie worth seeing but that's the exception.

I have also noticed that in business class on many flights, quite a few passengers never even open their video screen or use their headphones for the entire flight. After the meal service, they'd rather sleep than watch the usual mindless drivel on the IFE channels.

The other problem with IFE systems is that they too often do not work properly, or the sound keeps cutting out, or only comes through one ear, or the headphone plug won't stay in the socket, etc etc. That's not a problem with a book, magazine or newspaper!

I know passengers seem to expect IFE systems these days, but what did they do in earlier days when flights took much longer and made multiple stops and there was no such thing as IFE?


User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1660 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3140 times:

Quoting Skibum9 (Reply 5):
Man....I don't understand what the BIG deal is with IFE on this board? What ever happened to reading a book or something that will make you smarter when you have some down time rather than watching some mind-numbing dribble or playing some stupid game.

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There have been so many years when there WASN'T IFE.

Also, IMO, why is IFE such a huge deal? Read a book, listen to music on an IPOD or CD Player, play a card game (and yes, there are many card games that can be played by only one person). We all found ways to pass time 10-12 years ago when their wasn't PTV's or XM Satellite Radio.

Ah, 10-12 years ago when we could fly DTW-MCO/TPA during the right window and get breakfast. Those days were days.

edit: spelling



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User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2353 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 12):
I know passengers seem to expect IFE systems these days, but what did they do in earlier days when flights took much longer and made multiple stops and there was no such thing as IFE?

True, but think of how much better service was in all other aspects. That actually applies to most carriers just beyond 10 years ago. When you take into account how stingy carriers have become, particularly with meals, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect some form of IFE as compensation. The reality is the service the US industry provides nowadays is a joke. I'm just speaking from a consumer's standpoint, I don't mind reading a book onboard a flight.



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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5673 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 12):
and then ignore the IFE system for the rest of the flight, except for occasionally checking the moving map/flight info display so you can tell where you are and the expected arrival time etc.

Thats all I ever keep on if Im on a IFE-equipped flight.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 12):
but what did they do in earlier days when flights took much longer and made multiple stops and there was no such thing as IFE?

Up to the 1940's:
They chewed gum and tried to keep their lunches down

Up to the IFE craze:

They read, played games, chatted (non electronically), gazed out the window (my fave), or slept...



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User currently offlineCA228 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

I was on an Aeroflot transatlantic flight between Toronto to Moscow for 9 hrs. No audio or video inflight whatsoever. A lot of the pax at the back just started opening their duty free liquor and drank away. On the way back, SU had Russian movies in Russian dialogue only; no audio or english movies. So they might as well not have any inflight entertainment for the 10 hour flight back to Canada either.

User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 9):
Look out the window...

Where I fly, the only thing to see outside the window is either sea or outback.... Additionally only 1/3 (737 + A320), 1/4 (A330) or 2/7 (767) of the seats have windows.

P.S. I usually fly PER-MEL or MEL-PER

-CXfirst



From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlineDc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3056 times:

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 14):
True, but think of how much better service was in all other aspects. That actually applies to most carriers just beyond 10 years ago. When you take into account how stingy carriers have become, particularly with meals, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect some form of IFE as compensation. The reality is the service the US industry provides nowadays is a joke. I'm just speaking from a consumer's standpoint, I don't mind reading a book onboard a flight.

Exactly: IFE could be traded for service and legroom... But nowadays, many flights seem to be offering no IFE, with 10 pretzels and 31-in pitch. And the strict security control. So...

BTW... IFE is needed only over water or on red-eyes IMO. Although a flight map would be much appreciated on all flights.


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