Samsung Bringing Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablets To American Airlines Flights - HotHardware
Samsung Bringing Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablets To American Airlines Flights

Samsung Bringing Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablets To American Airlines Flights

Let's face it: air travel today just isn't what it once was. It's more of a chore than anything else, and it seems that every single airline is out to get you, the consumer. But every so often, those twenty terrible airline stories are broken up by something positive, and that's what we have here. Samsung Mobile has just landed a wild agreement that really helps the partner airline as much, if not more so, than Samsung themselves. The agreement is with American Airlines, and the deal involves Galaxy Tab 10.1 units on a plane. Samuel L. Jackson would certainly approve.

The deal aims to provide premium-class in-flight entertainment, and handing out dedicated Honeycomb tablets seems like the perfect upgrade from those dusty CRT monitors that still hang from the ceilings of many planes today. The airline plans to deploy 6,000 Tab 10.1 devices on "select flights" later this year. The tablets will replace the airline's current personal entertainment device in American's premium cabins on transcontinental flights between New York's JFK and Los Angeles, JFK and San Francisco, and Miami and Los Angeles served with 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft; international flights to and from Europe and South America served with 767-300 aircraft; and transcontinental flights departing from Boston to Los Angeles served with 757 aircraft.


That's a major move, and we suspect it's saving AA a bundle. Those in-headrest screens aren't cheap, nor are the systems they ship with. It's likely that tablets are more affordable, and to the user, more flexible. Interestingly, Samsung will be added "additional memory" to the AA tablets, making them special in yet another way. It's hard to know how these will be distributed, collected, and maintained, and it's even harder to know how late-breaking movies will be kept on the device, but we're looking forward to the next leap in in-flight infotainment. Gogo, and now the Tab 10.1? Flying may just be fun again.
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Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!! These are perfect for in flight travel as they are light enough to be handled by Grandma to the 5yr old child.

There will probably be some type of tracking device to monitor the pads to assure they are not removed from the cabin.

My concern is what is done about damage caused because you know there will be cases of spilled drinks and drops and such these tablets must endure. They will probably make you sign a form on your flight receipt.

On a side note what about germs and such as fingers are used almost exclusively to operate these pads. Think about the flu season................

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ThunderBird:
There will probably be some type of tracking device to monitor the pads to assure they are not removed from the cabin.

Or they will be wired to the chair so you can't take them out of the plane at all. :P

Anyway, this seems like a more reasonable choice for AA to do. At least it's better then replacing airplane manuals with iPads.

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"This is a great idea, and it also benefits Samsung in a major way. The people that are buying those premium class seats are usually the upper middle to upper class customers. Once they have tried one of the Samsung Galaxy Tabs, they will surely want to buy if they don't already own a tablet or if they are looking to buy one for the first time. Its great advertising. Just one question though, is this service complimentary or is an added cost?. Either way, its great, to bad I won't get to try it, I usually hang out in economy and save a few pennies for my games."

-Optimus

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"On a side note what about germs and such as fingers are used almost exclusively to operate these pads. Think about the flu season................" You are so right about this I read some studies that said peoples cell phone screens were dirtier than a bathroom seat. I would assume they would have to have the flight attendants trained to clean the screens with screen safe disinfectant wipes in between users.

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