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Airline passengers get free movies, TV, and games while flying

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Airline passengers have gotten used to having to pay for everything when they fly. But passengers flying on Delta Air Lines are in for a treat beginning Friday, reported the Chicago Tribune on July 28, 2014.

Starting August, 1, 2014, passengers flying on Delta Air Lines will be able to enjoy free inflight movies, TV shows, video games and music on all Delta Air Lines flights within the U.S. that are at least 90 minutes or longer via Delta Studio.

Passengers flying on Delta Air Lines can use the screens installed on the airplane seatbacks or through their personal smart phones, laptops, or tablets. On Delta planes with Wi-Fi, passengers can stream movies and TX shows on their mobile devices using the GoGo Air app.

Passengers in First Class, BusinessElite and Economy Comfort will have access to a greater selection of free in-flight entertainment. Regular economy passengers can access the same selection of in-flight movies are those passengers in First Class, BusinessElite and Economy Comfort for a price. But all passengers, regardless of which cabin class they are flying, will have access to free in-flight entertainment.

Previously, Delta Air Lines charged passengers 99 cents per TV show and $3.99 per movie. Delta Air Lines did not provide details on how much money was made from in-flight entertainment charges.

However, as a whole, passenger fees which include baggage fees, priority boarding fees, onboard meals and drinks, and fees charged from in-flight entertainment, generated $31.5 billion in revenue for US airlines in 2013. The airlines made $2.8 billion in fees in 2007 reported CNN on July 29, 2014.

An airline analyst for Imperial Capital, Bob McAdoo, stated that airlines will eliminate seat-back installed screens and ceiling mounted screens onboard airplanes. The airlines are opting instead to install Wi-Fi on all planes so that passengers can use their own mobile devices to access in-flight entertainment.

"The new airplanes that they're ordering, they're ordering with no screens anywhere," he said. By getting rid of ceiling and seat-back screens, the airlines can save money and fuel. Whether passengers will benefit from this savings is unknown