I have noticed that when I am parked at the Gate the IFE system is running fine but when the A/C leaves the gate the entire program restarts why is this? This is so annoying. I had thought the a/c runs a music server with playlist just like running software such as Itunes with MP3 files. Why can't the IFE start from the point it stopped at. Even my car's CD player can start the CD if I turn the car off and then start it it will start again from the point where I turned off my car.
Also the PTVs take a long time to restart. On my last El Al flight it took 30 minutes for the program to restart. Why can't it do it right away like a DVD player? Especially if it's computerized my computer can restart the program in 2 seconds? I think waiting 30 minutes is not good because it bores the people? We need to install AVOD where this won't happen.
Also on EL Al why is it that I could not watch airshow on the PTV and listen to music at the same time? When I tried to push AUD the screen shut off? I know on United you can press VID select the channell then selet AUD and listen to music?
Also do airlines use MP3 files and playlists? How do I setup a system at home where each channell is a different playlist? What software do the airlines use? If it's tapes or CD's how does the system work? I always am amazed at how the system works I asked to see it and I still could not figure out how it works.
I would love to see an a/c all automated where when the flight attendant selects"departure"from the screen all the boarding doors will close automatically and arm and all the overhead storage bins will close automatically. Think about it this can be done all by touching one button on a minivan we have an electric sliding door so why can't an a/c be automated. After the button is pressed the screens could automatically appear and the safety video would start. Then at the end it would show airshow and then depoly for takeoff. If some of the process is automated the flight attendants could be attending to other needs such as making food etc.
The announcements could be recorded too so the language barrier would not be a problem. I was on America West and they played an automated announcement to have the passengers get ready for departure. This is a great feature for emergency situations too.