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IFE...have We Gone Too Far?  
User currently offlineUnited319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 520 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

Hello All,

Ive been pondering this lately from reading several posts on here and it seems that people have become way too dependant on IFE. It practically determines whether they like a certain airline/airplane. For instance, all the threads about UA 744s everybody slams them mainly (not entirely) based on no personal IFE/AVOD in United Economy. People also base this on AA's, DL's, AS's, etc MD-80s, NW's domestic aircraft all together, CO's 733s/735s, WNs A/C, and so on and so forth. I think we have become too picky and judgemental with IFE these days. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a lot of the new IFE systems on airlines, but I dont base my flying experience upon it like many others, and I will fly on a plane that doesn't have it and still enjoy my flight as much as I would one that had the IFE. It seems 20 years ago flying was a much better experience than it is now, they did not have IFE beyond projector screens and some overhead monitors on the aisle, along with constant ATC issues, cutbacks etc to the extent that we have today. It seems IFE wont solve all the airlines problems, and it shouldnt be the basis of somebody's flying experience. I know this will catch some heat, but it seems everybody is going a little overboard with the whole IFE thing, it seems to always be the first question everybody has on here about a new airplane that an airline is getting or a cabin upgrade, etc. Personally id rather fly in coach and recieve a complimentary hot meal with no IFE over Buy On Board service with some on-demand entertainment system. We have Television programs, movies, and music at home, the IFE should be flying itself, not everyone is privledged enough to experience this as much as many of us. We shouldnt have our faces glued to the seatback monitor watching repeats of sitcoms and viewing movies that will be out soon anyway.

....Let the posts begin....


It's Time To Fly
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User currently offlineNG1Fan From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

I disagree.

Flying has become akin to incarceration. Being barked upon by the correctional officer (check-in agent) when registering your property for alleged safe keeping, follwed by the once-over strip search before entering the sterile zone (sorry, security check). A final meal on the ground before sent into the prison van (aircraft, I've done it again).

As in the penitentiary, there are different grades of incarceration once in the air. There is the Club Feb prison farm euphemistically called FIrst Class. THen there is medium security for your more deserving felons, some of whom were rewarded for good behaviour. Maximum security is reserved for the Great Unwashed, or those too poor for decent legal representation (I meant to say travel agent). For solitary confinment, you'd have to fly Ryanair.

THe lifers (I meant to say members of frequent flyer programs) are so jaded by now that they will put up with just about anything except for solitary. Because even for them, there are human rights. In a normal Max-Security service (sorry, legacy carrier), stting in Y-Class has become akin to being a multi-occupancy cell. Hot-bedding. Crammed in, no idea who your seat/cell mate will be, and not sure if you'll simply serve your time once, since chances of parole (ie early arrival) are remote. But further incarceration due to factors beyond the inmate's (sorry pax) control is a distinct possibility.

So what is left for the inmate? Well, there used to be a meal to look forward to. Maybe a beverage (sorry, no booze), but in most cases, that's been cut. So now you have to rely on a ration pack the loved ones prepared for you - having been thoroughly screened by Prison Autorities (TSA). The warders (sorry, FAs) pace the aisles sternly repimanding those whose loved ones prepare a too-good a meal. Warders will also lurk and scold those that have no business getting out of their confinement - apart from attending to their business.

In this prison (sorry, flight), exercise has been cancelled, now inmates are confined to their seats to do some exercises. Even reading is curtailed since Chief Warder (Purser) - she who has The Power, controls the power to the lights. Curtains must be closed when warders (FAs, sorry!) command.

When the inmate is discharged, there is no chance that the belongings he was stripped of upon incarceration (check-in, sorry), would be returned. So he has to deal with the Dept of Correctional Services (Airport to you and me, or BAA in UK, or Macquarie Airports Corporation in SYD) to try to reclaim his goods& chattel.

And you have the hide to ask whether my fellow inmates are asking too much by having IFE??

NG1Fan


User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2618 times:

I honestly do not decide upon IFE,ICE,AVOD and WTF which airline I travel. It is nice to have, sometimes I even watch some movies, but flying is it what I like the most.
I can watch movies everyday at home.

I believe that there is only one step further and that is Internet on board for every passenger but after that I do not think that there will be any other gimmicks.  Smile


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6412 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days ago) and read 2573 times:

I agree with you 100% United319. People are just too damn picky nowadays. The problem is some airlines have spoiled the flying public in terms of all the high tech mumbo jumbo they now offer on board. I mean really...people flying forty years ago managed to make it from point A to point B well enough without PTV's, in flight Wi-Fi, etc. All they needed were good books. And that's all I usually need.

BTW, UA 744's are awesome a/c to fly on. Whoever disagrees must be smoking those funny cigarettes around here or something.

[Edited 2007-12-18 12:22:09]


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User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days ago) and read 2566 times:
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It's certainly not make or break for me for business travel, I only do domestic trips. I was on F9 and YX this past week. I hadn't flown F9 for several years, but The Direct TV for $5 was enjoyable and worth it. I rented the digE player on YX (as I usually do) on the way home from SFO. Relaxing, enjoyed the movie. If it's not there. I read or sleep. Now on a longer haul --on vacation --- up to date IFE is nice to have. And I expect it now in F or J.

User currently offlineATCtower From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 529 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

I am all for In-Flight Entertainment in a number of situations. With the decline of service in the industry, passengers need more to keep themselves occupied. IFE is quite important on a 6 hour SEA-MIA flight, but taken a little far with those who cannot keep themselves entertained for the 40 minute DEN-ASE flight. IFE is nearly a requirement in F and J domestic, if only to keep up with the industry standard, and not even a question when it comes to international F and J products. Try to imagine the SQ EWR-SIN flight without IFE  bomb 


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User currently offlineUnited319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2520 times:



Quoting ATCtower (Reply 5):
Try to imagine the SQ EWR-SIN flight without IFE

I completely understand where you are coming from. But when I hear airline enthusiasts jumping at every opportunity to learn about IFE all I can think to myself is...WTF, go watch TV at home. You should like flying for the experience of flying itself, not some TV system.

Quoting NG1Fan (Reply 1):
And you have the hide to ask whether my fellow inmates are asking too much by having IFE??

Well im not speaking to inmates on CON-AIR, im talking about airline passengers, thank you. As much as airlines have taken away, it could be worse. You could be flying on a miltiary transporter with no seats that recline, no drinks of any kind, no flight attendants, etc. I guess im just saying that we need to expand our horizons beyond AVOD, and enjoy the flight. And it wont rescue you from a nasty CSR, Flight attendant, old plane, etc. Its only a damn video screen.



It's Time To Fly
User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2475 times:



Quoting United319 (Thread starter):
Personally id rather fly in coach and recieve a complimentary hot meal with no IFE over Buy On Board service with some on-demand entertainment system.



Quoting NG1Fan (Reply 1):
(sorry, no booze)

I guess not for Asian Carriers

Quoting ATCtower (Reply 5):
Try to imagine the SQ EWR-SIN flight without IFE

Ouch

Anyways for me, IFE matters alot, I mean of course if you tell me a B777 with IFE and a B747 without IFE for a flight shorter than 5 hours, that the 747 will do, however if you tell me the same thing on a SIN - LHR flight, than I would think twice.

I can't fly without it generally, however if it is for a particular plane say the Boeing 747,717, 727, 707, and maybe even the 737, 757, 767 (only the 2 - 3 - 2 config in Y) than sure I would do it, but only for the aircraft nothing else. For Airbus it would be Airbus 318, 319, 321, and now the 380

Regards
Ag92


User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6900 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2475 times:



Quoting United319 (Reply 6):
WTF, go watch TV at home.

I've got better things to be doing with my time when I'm at home, but when there's nothing else to do, I may as well see the new releases without paying the cash to the cinemas.

IFE is not everything, but it passes the time for people that don't want to bring heaps of books etc in their hand carry. Sure some of us love flying, and will fly to HKG for the day just for fun, but the majority these days don't have the attention spans of old, so they find even a short 3-4 hour flight a chore without the numbing sensation of American Sitcoms and the saccharine of family movies & romantic comedies on their IFE.

I do notice if for some reason I have to slum it in economy, I am far more likely to watch movies back to back, than if I am in C Class supping on a decent meal and quaffing the Veuve Clicquot. In economy the IFE draws the focus away from the fact you are sitting almost intimately with people you've never met before. On those night flights the IFE matters not when you're with a bed to lie flat in.


User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 876 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2455 times:

I don't really decide my flights on IFE. The deciding factor for me is $$$. The lower, the better  Smile and if I get good IFE along with it, then it's a bonus for me Big grin

User currently offlineBartonsayswhat From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2438 times:

i dunno. if there is another flight later in the day that has it i'll take it. WS almost all have LiveTV which is awesome, none of the rerun sitcoms. if my team is playing i can watch it durring my flight, and thats a bonus to me

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7637 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2418 times:

I could care less about IFE's and PTV's. IMHO, as important as a marketing aid these systems are, I find that it's just another step for man into an ever darkening abyss where we are unable to occupy one's self for more than 5 minutes with out a TV or computer screen. It's sad enough that some people can't manage to fly across the country (God forbid over the Atlantic) without having to watch TV, but parent's have to buy a minivan with a DVD player in it to keep their kids occupied on a 2 hour road trip.


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User currently offlineLobster From Germany, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

Hell, I'd sleep on a long flight if I could, I'd put my laptop on my tray table if I could, I'd do alot of things if I could. But instead, I'm stuck with 31, 32, or IF I'm lucky, maybe 33" seat pitch. Give me a comfortable seat that I'm actually able to do something in, and I wouldn't want it. But for now, I'll take the IFE and hopefully it will help me forget about how much I payed for such a shitty seat on an airplane.

User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6412 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2406 times:



Quoting AerorobNZ (Reply 8):
In economy the IFE draws the focus away from the fact you are sitting almost intimately with people you've never met before

Oh man, that's terrible, I know. How do people do it?  Yeah sure

Quoting AerorobNZ (Reply 8):
I am far more likely to watch movies back to back, than if I am in C Class supping on a decent meal and quaffing the Veuve Clicquot

That's true, I mean, in C class, chances are you have at least have a menu to read and write down word for word so you can type it all into a trip report.

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 9):
and if I get good IFE along with it, then it's a bonus for me

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User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6900 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2381 times:



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 13):
Oh man, that's terrible, I know. How do people do it?

Sarcasm aside. Given some of the bullshit excuses you hear from passengers who have only paid for one seat as to why they want a seat blocked for them, or why they NEED an aisle seat you do wonder...

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 13):
That's true, I mean, in C class, chances are you have at least have a menu to read and write down word for word so you can type it all into a trip report.

What trip reports, I don't bother with that. But if the experience is a pleasurable one, you are less likely to need IFE. That's obvious.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6412 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2355 times:



Quoting AerorobNZ (Reply 14):
What trip reports, I don't bother with that.

What I meant was that it is a recurring trend "in general". Should have made that more clear. Not pointing out you specifically.



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