In-flight entertainment has come a long way over the past few decades. No longer does everyone crane their necks to see one big screen at the front of each section, and on longer flights, personal screens have become standard. Heck, some routes even have built-in videogames and chat clients. But you know what’s even better than that? A free iPad to use while in the air — which is exactly what Qantas has started doing.
The Australian airline has just finished a successful trial of in-air streaming, and on their 767s will soon start handing out iPads as you board. Even more amazing, this isn’t just for those who can afford business class — if you sit in economy, you’ll get one, too.
According to the Canberra times, Qantas will provide 200 hours of free streaming entertainment, and the service will launch in Q4, and “the technology, known as QStreaming, will be available predominantly on domestic east coast routes and on flights to Perth.”
I have two questions: if I bring my own iPad, will I get access to all that streaming content? And are you insured against spilled tomato juice?