These days, we are used to wait until we can board a modern plane to be able to enjoy modern entertainment. Not only that, many planes used on short-haul flights have no entertainment system at all.
However, many passengers travel with their own entertainment systems, in the form of smartphones and tablets, all of them wifi-ready (of course, this is the year 2016!)
Someone, somewhere, thought about how to offer modern entertainment aboard old planes without investing tons of money in a very expensive upgrade. These are the ingredients they used:
- WIFI network (without Internet access)
- Media server with dozens of movies and TV shows connected to the WIFI network
- An app available for both Android and iPhone devices (that you must install before boarding the flight)
- The personal device (tablet, smartphone) the passenger is carrying with him or her
Voila! BYOD (Bring your own Device) applied to on-flight entertainment! A very simple setup that enables airlines to provide up-to-date entertainment in old planes used for short-haul flights using the devices that every passenger carries with him/her.
You would imagine I saw this in an American or European carrier, wouldn’t you? Not at all. It was a Latinamerican carrier, LAN from Chile, in a flight between Buenos Aires and Iguazu. Check it out.
Amazing! Congratulations to the person that designed and implemented this!