I, too, am a Purser and flew international at BOS
. I guess we just have a different way of looking at things. I totally understand the problems with the Bose headsets, but it has never been a nightmare for me. Domestically, it appears the ease of use of the units and very little flight attendant interaction are gaining the device praise. We're tired of near five hour flights on MD
-80s with no IFE for the pax. With no money involved and simple handout and pickup procedures, I think the FAs will get used to this quite quickly. For me, it'll be just like handing out the personal DVD players.
Pre 9/11, AA
was in the process of picking out an IFE system for the MD
-80s with drop down LCDs. Unfortunately, it was one of the first improvement projects out the window when the econ tanked. I don't think we'll ever see them now. Besides, not only does this new unit give AA
an entertainment option on the MD
-80, it also creates a revenue stream that could be expanded to include other fleet types. AA
already has plans to test it on some 757 markets.
I still wish someone from AS
would comment on how these devices are doing there. I verified with the AS
website their units rent for $10. Here's a link to their website with more info about the digEplayer: http://www.alaskaair.com/as/www2/Flights/digEplayer.asp
's devices will be very similar in terms of content, plus they'll have digital newspapers updated daily. AA
's devices resemble a personal DVD player.
The other thing to keep in mind is their won't be a unit onboard for every pax. 60 is a lot, but I highly doubt we'll actually use that many. That would beat even AA's most optimistic projections. On the other hand, I fully admit it will be a challenge if we start handing out more than 30 units on any given flight.
[Edited 2004-11-16 22:16:25]
The views expressed are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect my employer’s views.