Starting September 1st, people flying Hawaiian Airlines will get the chance to spend some R&R time with an iPad mini thousands of feet in the air. It’s all thanks to the company contracting Blue Avionics to switch its existing in-flight entertainment systems (IES) with 1,500 miniature iPads on 14 Boeing 767-300 planes. Business class passengers can stream movies and shows for free, but unlike American Airlines’ Galaxy Tab program available only to premium seats, anyone onboard can rent a teensy tablet. Sure, it’ll cost them $15 for the perk — $17, if they decided to do so on a whim while already on the plane — but the existing system will cost them the same amount anyway. iPads on planes aren’t anything new — AA and Alaska Airlines have both ditched flight manuals for their digital counterparts, while Qantas and Jetstar Airways have been renting them out for years. However, HA is the first U.S. airline to offer iPads for in-flight entertainment, and some patrons might see that as a welcome change.
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Hawaiian Airlines to offer iPad minis for in-flight entertainment on 14 planes