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Portable Games On Airplanes In 1980s?

Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:44 pm

I'll apologize upfront that this question is so vague.

In the 1980s I was a little kid and my family used to travel back and forth from the USA to London. On a couple of those flights I remember there was a portable game machine that we rented from the airlines. Seems like they were attached to the wall by the galleys and you could pay to rent it from the flight attendant and take it back to your seat for an hour or two. I don't remember which airlines it was, but my Dad said we usually were on Delta or American.

Does anyone remember/know what I'm talking about? I'd love to hear more about them.

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RE: Portable Games On Airplanes In 1980s?

Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:41 am

I do not recall video games on flights between the US and London, but then again, in those days I flew either charter or low-cost carriers (Laker, that is). The only IFE I remember on widebody flights were movies and in-flight music delivered via those horrible pneumatic tubes that caused major ear aches (and, per IATA regs, the airlines had to charge $3.50 for that privelege).

Movies were initially projected onto screens in front of each section. Video projection came in the 1980s. On the Air Florida DC-10 I flew on in 1983, there was a single color TV up front. Trans International DC-10s? Nada! Maybe other airlines offered some kind of portable video game, though I have my doubts, as video games were large, cumbersome things that had to be plugged into a TV monitor.

The earliest airline-related video games I remember are black-and-white TV sets embedded in cafeteria tables at Manchester, NH. For a quarter, you could enjoy an exciting game of Pong. OK, now I have just dated myself.
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RE: Portable Games On Airplanes In 1980s?

Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:19 am

I only know of one similar concept, the Sega Mega Jet but it was only available on JAL flights and this was the mid 90's so it can't be what you're looking for.

Interesting anyway:
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RE: Portable Games On Airplanes In 1980s?

Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:21 am

The only portable electronic game I can remember from the 80s is the Nintendo Game and Watch
They were very popular during their time. If not one of these, can you remember how it differed?

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