I wonder it the lack of ATC feeds on IFE is a legacy issue traced back to the AA
DC-10 disaster at ORD
Back in the late 1970's some airlines had begin to install cameras in the flight deck and relay the video feeds of takeoff and landings back to the cabin.
When the AA
DC-10 disaster happened, there were numerous sub-stories in the press playing out the horror passengers may have felt by not only being in a disaster but also watching it unfold in the cockpit. (I can't remember if the AA
DC-10 flight had that equipment and if it was ever determined if it was operating, but it seems like, if memory serves me well, it did and it was) The press stories envisioned more prolonged catastrophes that would horrify passengers.
I think this has had a lasting impact in limiting any type of flight deck monitoring as in flight entertainment. UA
seems to be the only airline that has bucked the trend.
Disclaimer: I am just using my memory for this post. Anybody out there in A.net land can confirm or disprove, please do. thanks, I really would like to know if I am remembering this correctly.
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