I don't know if thiese post for and against PTV's/IFE are a generational gap showing. Perhaps.
I'm in my late 20's, and I remember flying way back in the early 80's and 90's ,all over with out IFE on domestic, and watching movies on transatlantic, having to stretch my head to view the screen.
Then, on a summer's day in 1993, I flew Virgin Atlantic from London to New York, and they had the first generation PTV.
I was in Heaven!
As it was a day time flight, I wasn't going to sleep, I can barely sleep on planes anyways. Plus, I can't read for a long period on a plane either.
Having a ptv, certainly make the time pass, and yes I understand the argument about the ptv system box under the seat. But as a rule for me, I put all my carry on in the over head bin anyways so I don't have much of a problem with leg room.
Then, when I went on my first trans-pacific flight from LA
to Singapore, via Tokyo, I thought I would never make it. But I did! With PTV. No, I was not glued to it. 19 hours is a long time to veg out on tv, I did some reading, I talk to my fellow passengers, and walk around and such. But I ended up watching several movies and shows, and then time melted away.
Now, that airlines like F9
have directv, the viewing options are the same as if I were home. And it make the time pass!
I certainly choose now, and in the future an airline if they have PTV esp. long haul over seas.
If Frontier and United have a cheap fare, at the exact same price, I will pick F9
because of their better IFE.
My two cents
[Edited 2004-05-12 18:54:37]
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