Whoop Dee Doo: Alaska Airlines Updates Already Outdated In-Flight Entertainment
It’s hard for us to complain about any type of in-flight entertainment, because as long as it’s something a little more involved than the in-flight magazine we’ll try out it. Alaska Airlines isn’t installing seat back televisions or fancy iPad adapters into their planes, but they are upgrading their portable—and unfortunately not complimentary—in-flight entertainment system they call the digEplayer.
The airline has been passing these out on longer flights for quite some time, but it looks like the next generation of the fun has arrived. No need to endlessly mash buttons on this new player, as touch screen controls are just one of the updated features on the lighter weight device. Being away from live sports will now be much more bearable up in the skies thanks to access to NFL Network, and there will also be plenty of Hollywood hits loaded up with a little help from the ReelzChannel.
Alaska Airline’s version of the iPad—that’s what it sounds like to us—is also able to link up with the airplane’s Gogo in-flight WiFi, but unfortunately there’s going to be another fee to take advantage of the beauty that is magical sky-high internet.
Now for the pricing, as curing your in-flight ADD isn’t free: It’s $14 on flights longer than four and half hours, and it will set you back $8 for flights less than that. However, you can shave a couple bucks off the rental by prepaying for the device when checking in on the Alaska Airlines website.
[Photo of the previous model year: Jeffrey Beall]