How to Choose a Flight Based Off In-Flight Entertainment Offerings

Whether you’re going on vacation, visiting family and friends or going on a business trip, commercial aviation makes it possible to reach your destination quickly and efficiently.

Even though flying is far faster than alternative modes of transport, it still requires sitting in a cabin for several hours. While avid readers and crossword solvers can easily lose themselves in a book or magazine, others may find their time in the air a lot less enjoyable.

Commercial airlines know in-flight boredom can not only lead to dissatisfaction but also increase restlessness and discomfort among passengers (especially if they’re flying coach). As a remedy, many airlines strive to provide a variety of in-flight entertainment options to keep passengers engaged and entertained throughout their journey.

From movies and TV shows to music and games, airlines often offer a range of entertainment choices through individual seatback screens or Wi-Fi packages accessible on personal devices. These options aim to cater to diverse interests and preferences, ensuring there’s something for everyone on board.

But just like no two airlines are the same, neither are their in-flight entertainment offerings. If you’re travelling internationally on a long-haul flight or simply want to have access to the best IFE options, it’s a good idea to research and compare the in-flight entertainment systems of different airlines.

Top Domestic Airlines for In-Flight Entertainment


Despite being a teenager in commercial aviation industry terms (the airline was incorporated in 1998), JetBlue has managed to surpass its more seasoned counterparts in more ways than one, including seat size and overall comfort.

Jet Blue is America’s hands-down trailblazers when it comes to in-flight entertainment. Whether you fly in coach or business class, the airline offers each passenger free live TV and movies as well as free Wi-Fi and in-flight messaging—a service that can only be purchased on most other airlines.

Additionally, the airline offers USB and even AC power outlets on most of their aircraft, so you never have to worry about your smartphone, iPad or laptop dying before landing.


As one of the oldest airlines not just in the United States, but in the world (the airline has been around since 1925), Delta has had plenty of time to establish itself as a leader in the commercial aviation industry.

The airline continues to expand and refine its services to provide a comprehensive travel experience. As for IFE, passengers can take advantage of free movies and in-flight messaging. Wi-Fi is available on most flights for an additional fee. Delta’s most loyal passengers—the Delta SkyMiles members—can access the carrier’s in-flight Wi-Fi for free.


America’s biggest and most popular low-cost carrier is surprisingly generous with its in-flight entertainment offerings.

Although you won’t see a seatback screen on your Southwest flight, the airline offers Wi-Fi for a relatively low price (currently $8 per flight). If you’re a loyal passenger, meaning you hold the A-list preferred elite status or use the airline’s rapid rewards credit card, you’ll get the service for free.

Southwest generally doesn’t offer USB outlets; however, the airline has begun installing USB outlets on some of its newer aircraft as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance the passenger experience

Alaska Airlines

The SeaTac-based major American airline is known for its low fares, generous frequent flyer program and one of the best on-time arrival rates. The airline has strived to uphold its stellar reputation by enhancing the in-flight experience with a diverse array of entertainment options.

Passengers flying Alaska can choose from hundreds of movies and TV episodes in the airline’s entertainment library. Passengers who prefer to watch movies on their own devices can stream them using the airline’s streaming entertainment system available on most aircraft.

Those looking to work or browse social media can connect to Alaska’s in-flight Wi-Fi. The service is available for an $8 flat rate.

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