First they were telling us that we wouldn't be able to take anything onto airplanes, that mothers would have to taste their babies milk and makeup was outlawed. Now that the security embargo is over it would appear the airlines are taking full advantage. Yesterday, six major airlines announced they were teaming up with Apple to bring in-flight iPod connectivity to their passengers.
In a statement over at apple.com
"Apple today announced it is teaming up with Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United to deliver the first seamless integration between iPod and in-flight entertainment systems. These six airlines will begin offering their passengers iPod seat connections which power and charge their iPods during flight and allow the video content on their iPods to be viewed on the their seat back displays."
This move should make a lot of iPod-using commuters very happy. No longer will I have to listen to my girlfriend moaning that her Nano has run out of battery when we're off on our holidays. Questions will be raised over what will be acceptable to watch whilst on the plane though.
Will you, for instance, be allowed to watch adult movies streamed from your iPod? What will be the aircraft's position on Torrented movies? (Probably about 1,000 ft - Ed)
. Will you be able to download from the iTunes store whilst in the air? We'll probably have to wait till the service is actually implemented to see answers to these questions.
Will the airlines charge us £5 for the adapter cable to hook our iPod to the in flight system? Let us know your thoughts in the forum.