New entertainment coming to American, Singapore Airlines flights

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The Independent Travel

As thoughts turn to the summer getaway, travelers this year can look forward to exciting new entertainment options on board flights from some carriers.

Passengers aboard American Airlines flights will soon be able to stream movies and TV shows to their mobile phones or tablet computers during flights, the airline has announced.

American Airlines, one of the major carriers in the US, said last week that it will trial a system that allows travelers to connect to an aircraft's wifi system to wirelessly stream content from a library during the flight, instead of watching on their seatback device.

Although all wifi-enabled devices will be supported, it's likely to prove particularly popular with the growing number of passengers who have large screen devices such as Apple's iPad.

Pricing for the service has not yet been determined, but it will be tested this summer and the rollout of the system will begin in the fall, pending certification from US authorities.

For passengers looking to pass the time in a more educational manner, Singapore Airlines announced May 6 that it is to launch e-Magazines on its inflight-entertainment systems.

A selection of 20 international titles, including The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Prestige and Elle, will be loaded onto the airline's entertainment system, which can display the pages in high resolution on the seatback display.

Singapore says that the move is a part of a drive towards more environmentally friendly operations, as paper copies will no longer be carried on board.