An interesting piece of news today out of a U.S. airline. Delta (which happens to be who I fly), announced that you'll now be able watch TV and movies and listen to music while you're on the ground, and on during takeoff and landing — but only if you're using Delta's seatback in-flight entertainment system. Still no movement on our own portable electronic devices.
Starting today, Delta will make our in-flight entertainment system available on the ground providing you with your favorite TV, movies and songs not just in the air, but even during takeoff and landing. So Delta customers will have the opportunity to peruse entertainment options while waiting for the boarding process to conclude, play the on-board trivia game prior to departure and watch the final scenes of their favorite film while arriving at the gate.
And when it comes time for the safety presentation, your entertainment selection will simply pause and continue afterwards.
I'm still OK with shutting down for a few minutes each flight (OK, a lot longer than that depending on where you're flying out of), but this is an interesting move on Delta's part.