Cabin Pressure: Some of the best in-flight entertainment ever


I’ve never been one to let the IFE systems on board drive my purchasing decisions, instead choosing to bring my own distractions on board. Our trip to Panama and Uruguay a couple weeks ago was a great example of why this approach is so important. Even on the best equipped Copa planes – their 737-800s with AVOD – the selections were so lacking that it was basically useless And yet I had arguably the most entertaining flights I’ve been on in a while, thanks to the BBC series Cabin Pressure.

Cabin Pressure is a radio show about a small charter airline operating in the UK. And small isn’t really a strong enough word. They have one plane, one flight crew and way too many hijinks..Whether it is word games in the cockpit, working Hitchcock references into the pre-flight briefing or figuring out how to wriggle their way out of tight situations, the episodes are quite funny, to say the least.

The bad news is that finding the show is a bit of a chore. There is a "complete collection" available but it only includes the first three seasons (there are four in total; Season 4 is available separately). The shows are also available via Audible (Season 1, 2, 3, 4) if you just want the downloads, though getting all four seasons is a bit more expensive that way. There is also the BBC shopping page, though that mostly seems to just refer you to other places.

I’ve just finished season 4 and am starting over again from the beginning because I enjoyed it so much I highly recommend it.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

4 Comments

  1. I was turned onto that show by the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch — the extraordinary star of the reimagined Sherlock (PBS/BBC) and the villain in the latest Star Trek movie — was in it. A real pleasure to hear him early on.

  2. Pirate Bay has the entire series available as a bittorent file = free. Didn’t know anyone still bought audio/visual content any more.

    1. Sure, you can steal it, Paul. But as someone who produces original content on a regular basis it shouldn’t be too surprising that I frown on such behavior. I have no problem paying for content which I find useful or entertaining. In this case the unfortunate bit is how hard it is to find the content.

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