Air travel is a staple for Americans, and many people every year fly on airplanes for vacations, moving, or for business purposes. And of course, taking planes is the main way to travel from one continent to another, as opposed to ships (excepting cruise ships). Someone flying from Seoul to Sydney, for example, is going to take a plane, not a train or bus. Some airplane flights can be quite lengthy, so these planes have on-board entertainment and features for the comfort of passengers. Now in the 21st century, more airplanes than ever have features in them that have modern electronics in mind, and older planes might be updated so that they can keep up. In flight entertainment providers are commonplace by now, and airplane power outlets can be found all over the place. Similarly, inseat USB systems ar a great way for passengers to keep their devices charged. What are some trends on air travel today? And what is there to know about inseat USB systems?
Trends in Air Travel
When it comes to installing inseat USB systems, airplane power adapters, aircraft display systems, and more, engineers may want to track current trends in how Americans like to fly in airplanes. There’s a lot of passengers out there; every day, an average eight million people are going on flights, and in 2013, some 3.1 billion passengers flew on planes (since a person can fly more than once). This results in a lot of spending, and direct spending by resident and international air travelers alike adds up to $2.5 billion each day. Many of these flights are done for leisure.
What might a person do when taking a long flight? Many surveys are done to see what airplane passengers like to do on a plane, and trends show that passengers want support for their electronic devices. TripAdvisor conducted a survey in 2013 that revealed many trends in this arena. For one thing, around 25% of respondents said they would choose one airline over another based on WiFi availability, and 37% of passengers consider an iPad or similar tablet an essential item to bring on board (up from 5% in 2012). That same survey found that 55% of passengers use their phones for flight status alerts, and that’s up 10% from a 2012 survey.
Other surveys also show that around 41% of airplane passengers want to watch movies while flying, and 21% of them may read magazines or books. Another 17% simply like to take a nap to pass the time while flying. And if a passenger did not bring a phone or a laptop for movie watching, they may want a screen built into the seat ahead of them to be available.
In Flight Entertainment
More and more often, people in developed parts of the world like to keep their electronics on them at all times for leisure, work, news, and more. These may range from smartphones to iPads and laptops to Bluetooth ear sets and Apple smart watches, among other products. This includes air travel, so today’s airplane engineers are working hard to keep up. Inseat USB systems are a good idea, as these USB systems can be easily built into an airplane’s seats near the bottom. A passenger may use any recharge cable they brought with them, and plug their device into that USB port to keep their device’s batteries full. During a long flight, a passenger may become upset if their device loses power and shuts down, especially if they urgently need to use that device once they land. Inseat USB systems can help with that. Besides, these inseat USB systems can be helpful if a passenger wants to watch a movie on their laptop but that device’s battery wouldn’t last long enough on its own.
If a person didn’t bring a device with them, they may book a flight whose seats include screens for movie viewing. Most often, airlines charge a fee (amounts vary) so that a passenger may select a movie on the screen and watch it. Often, a headset can be plugged in for audio.