Choosing a flight over PTV's is a bit much, espeically if its more expensive.
But why do you care what people do on flights. Some people read magazines, some books, others watch movies. What is wrong with that?
Personally I am voracious reader, but on long haul flights of which I've done over 100, including lax-syd, jfk-nrt, tlv-ewr, its nice to relax and watch a tv show or a movie. At 4am not everyone wants to study charts!
Why don't you do what's best for you, and let other people do what's best for them.
As for the topic at hand, ELAL has much improved, espeically with their 777s, and not having to stop in europe makes the flight much less tiring, since you usually have to connect at 3am East Coast time. But BA is fantastic, have flown them a number of times this year, IAD-LHR. Service is great, great IFE...all around fantastic flying experience.
Next time give ElAl a try...they're pretty good and their security beats the pants off of anyone else!
Enjoy your trip. Hopefully ELAL will serve IAD sometime soon
[Edited 2004-07-08 21:41:38]