United joins the iPod generation

16 Jun 2008 by Mark Caswell

United Airlines has launched its first aircraft allowing passengers to view iPod content through the in-flight entertainment system.

Passengers onboard the carrier’s Washington to Zurich flight were the first to experience the new technology, which enables business and first class passengers to connect their iPods or iPhones via a cable to the IFE’s 15.4-inch TV screen.

The first aircraft carrying the technology will ply mainly transatlantic routes, and United says that its entire fleet of international widebodied planes will be configured with both this offering and the carrier’s latest lie-flat seating and on-demand entertainment system over the next two years.

The technology allows users to listen to music content and view movies stored on their iPod, and also charges the player while connected.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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