In-seat screens will be gone in new American Airlines airplanes

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The next batch of American Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplanes will not have seatback screens .
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In-flight boredom can often be soothed by the screen planted on the seat before you. But that small luxury will shortly be nixed from a define of new planes from American Airlines.

Instead, the company said, passengers can simply bring their laptops, telephones and other gadgets if they need a little entertainment on the journey.

100 new Boeing 737 Max planes debuting on routes afterward in 2017 won’t have any screens because, according to American Airline, they’re only not needed any more. The company reports that 90 percent of the people on board American flights bring their own screens, according to a statement emailed to Mashable .

By a strong Wi-Fi connection, the airline says its customers’ wants should be met a tactic also being used by United Airline on its single-aisle jets, CNN reports. The seatback screens will still remain on some American aircraft, particularly for international flights.

The airline will offer “free streaming[ of] high-quality movies and music” aboard flights and is investing in “fast satellite-based internet access and power at every seat across our domestic fleet.”

“Every customer with a phone, tablet or laptop will be able to watch free movies and TV reveals from our extensive on-board library, as well as free live television channels, all without purchasing an in-flight internet connection, ” the statement reads.

So merely make sure you don’t forget the gadgets and keep them in your hand luggage.

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