The Surprising Downside To Airline Seatback Video Screens And Live TV

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • The 737 MAX is now approved in Nigeria

  • US Covid testing requirement is 3 days not 72 hours

    The 3-day period is the 3 days before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 3-day timeframe instead of 72 hours to provide more flexibility to the traveler. By using a 3-day window, test validity does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test was administered.

    For example, if a passenger’s flight is at 1pm on a Friday, the passenger could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.

  • Aegean Airlines gave me 1000 free miles I almost didn’t open the email I received on Monday. On Tuesday when I logged in the site said the gift would be available for just 2 days. Points credited instantly.

  • British Airways will get government assistance they were opposed to state aid, of course, when they thought they could push Virgin Atlantic out of business.

  • The downside of seat back entertainment and live TV. CNN Airport would never! (HT: Tommy L.)

    What I see on the news while boarding my flight today… from r/funny

  • Marriott’s Rewards Network dining program is offering a new member bonus and a frequent use bonus: 6,000 bonus points for 3 dines of $30 or more and leaving a review of each within 60 days of signup (1000 points after the first, 2000 after the second, 3000 after the third) plus 1000 bonus points every 10 dines of $30 or more each.

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  1. The principal downside of seat back screens (especially the touchscreens) in economy is having the selfish idiot behind you tapping the screen overnight on long haul flights while playing games. It’s enough to drive a person crazy. The person that invented these should be tied to a seat and made to take only overnight long haul flights for ever.
    I only travel flat bed now.

  2. My biggest complaint with seat-back entertainment systems us that no one knows how to turn them off. This is quite apparent on a UA flight with Direct TV. One sees row after row of people with the promo screen, even though it is free now.

  3. Not as bad as being on JetBlue 292 and watching yourself circle LA before landing with a twisted front gear.

  4. Nothing to see here. Ever take a long drive and see car crashes on the way? Everyone stops and looks, but it doesn’t stop them from driving.

  5. Back in 1989 we sat for a few hours in the first class lounge at JFK waiting out a mechanical delay. The big screen TV was showing the news of the day, which included the crash of United 232 in an Iowa cornfield. We were on TWA, but it would be fair to say that the footage did not inspire confidence.

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