American showed us the new "Captain America" movie, followed by a series of NBC programming with commercial breaks. It raised a question that's been floating around in my brain for awhile when it comes to overhead entertainment on long-haul routes. Why the hell would only one movie be shown on a nine-hour flight? How much could it possibly cost for American to push play on another movie or two?
Bored, I was determined to find out the answer, and so I went to the back galley and asked a flight attendant. He told me that all of American's entertainment for all flights is pre-programmed into the computer, and when they come onboard, they simply punch in the flight number and push play. In this case, he figured, since the flight was supposed to be an overnight journey the night before, only 3-4 hours of entertainment was scheduled under the assumption that most people would fall asleep after the meal service.
That's definitely an explanation that makes sense to me, although I would have to argue with the tightly regulated policy that prohibits the flight attendants from making adjustments when needed. It's one more reason to appreciate what Delta is doing with its new free entertainment systems.
Otherwise, the additional aspects of the flight with American were equally uninspiring. Once onboard, we were served a sad-looking breakfast of yogurt, a floppy croissant, and concentrated juice. Lunch was no more appealing, and rather than take our word for it, you can simply look at the photo below. One of these days, we hope to see some changes made in the American fleet and services.
[Photos: Airline Reporter/Jaunted]