Want to watch a film on a plane? Bring your tablet, say airlines

A transatlantic service from Gatwick is launching without seatback screens, with content to be streamed directly to passengers’ devices

Grab your iPads, travellers. The in-flight TV screen is set to become a thing of the past on long-haul flights from the UK, with airlines claiming that passengers would prefer to watch films on their smartphones and tablets.

The low-cost Canadian carrier WestJet is launching a new transatlantic service out of Gatwick next year without seatback entertainment systems for the first time. The airline will instead stream content directly to passengers’ handheld devices, using a wireless internet network provided by satellites.

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