Finally. Now that the Los Angeles Film Festival and the in-flight entertainment systems on the three Virgin airlines have had it, it's time for everyone to be able to watch the first movie filmed onboard commercial flights...in the air. The film, Departure Date comes from Virgin Produced, who teamed up with Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia airlines to shoot and edit the half-hour movie aboard several different flights.
Departure Date, which follows a developing romance between two people who meet on a plane, was entirely shot in nine days on previously scheduled flights over three continents, from Los Angeles to London, Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney, Australia.
Janeane Garofalo, Ben Feldman and Luis Guzman starred in the Kat Coiro-directed film, which had a crew of 20 people working on each flight.
Now that we've been able to watch it, we'd sum it up as a surreal romance revolving around a meet-cute scenario. It plays to our inner desire to be seated next to an attractive, interesting person in Business Class who also happens to think we're attractive and interesting. That's what happens in Departure Date, but there are some kinks in there of course.