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  1. Kris Ziel
    Kris Ziel at |

    I used to think it was 90% useless, because typically I sleep most of the flight. On a LAX-IAD flight a few months ago we were on a new UA 777, so I had AVOD, and it was great because there were plenty of options, quite a few of which I liked. Not only did this give me a reason to stay up, but I was able to work the whole way. I have had a few flights since then, with no AVOD on personal TVs and have survived. So while I love it, it’s not a deal breaker, and that seems to be the case for most, as I looked around the cabin there were not many people using it, maybe half.

  2. Ryan
    Ryan at |

    I am not sure if you have ever heard about the story of Spring Airlines in China. It is a small, low cost airline. The company once proposed to have a no-seat setup in their airline so they can stuff in 40% more customers in their plane. All customers will be standing in the plane when travelling. The proposal was rejected due to obvious safety reason, but one can see the point how crazy airline companies can go.

  3. Tyler
    Tyler at |

    Of course IFE is important. Would you rather sit on a 12 hour flight with no IFE but 4 extra inches of legroom, or one with IFE? I’d much rather choose the IFE.

    Either way you will be uncomfortable. No coach seat is actually decent. IFE does help distract you, and makes the flight go much faster. I will purposefully not fly on intl flights without IFE.

  4. Danny
    Danny at |

    I can bring my own IFE, but I cannot bring 4″ of leg room.

  5. JAR
    JAR at |

    Totally personal decision – agreed. I’d go for the extra space. Note that you can bring your own IFE, but you can’t create extra space.

  6. DebonaireTraveleur
    DebonaireTraveleur at |

    In the front cabin, it is an absolute must on any flight over 3 hours.

    In coach? 5+ hours maybe.

  7. Carl
    Carl at |

    I really don’t care about the IFE at all. Leg room and seat comfort are my primary concern, and I’ll pay more to get those.

    If there is IFE, I want music channels. I don’t bring my own device. That’s one thing I dislike about the DTV system- no music channels.

  8. Lufthansa Flyer
    Lufthansa Flyer at |

    I only use IFE for the flight map and flight info. Otherwise, my IFE is packed into my iPad.

  9. Andrew
    Andrew at |

    My IFE is usually a book. I could care less about most other forms of IFE (although inflight wifi is pretty nice).

  10. Deirdre
    Deirdre at |

    I’m with extra space (not just length, but also width) over IFE. If the flight’s over 5 hours, I’d rather have power and extra space over IFE. I’m self-contained entertainment-wise.

  11. Jillian
    Jillian at |

    Thanks so much for the Routehappy shout out Seth. Interesting arguments IFE vs. seat comfort–definitely a personal preference. That’s why we’re working hard to let flyers know exactly what they can expect on every flight–that way flyers can align their personal preferences with airline offerings.

  12. Kerwin
    Kerwin at |

    People bring their own entertainment anyways. Just give me power at my seat and I’ll make it work.

    I perhaps have flown in a middle seat more often than most and survived even at 6’1″.

    Good post.

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  14. Michael Gold
    Michael Gold at |

    But for those people willing to pay for upgrades like Economy Plus on United it means that there are usually seats available. I have gravitated between Silver and Gold on USAirways for the last few years and I have never received a free upgrade so I just started buying them.

    I prefer my comfort and on UAL from IAD-YYZ and LAS-Vancouver I was able to upgrade to 1st or economy plus at minimal cost. On my recent trips (6 this month) every single flight was completely full and first class was truly a relief.

    I recall AA having the extra leg room several years ago and they added extra seats shortly after they decided nobody cared or just wanted the revenue.

    When I travel for business I always upgrade and my colleagues are shocked that I put out an extra $100 for a flight. To me the extra room is always worth it.