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American Airlines Updating New Planes to Suit Modern Age

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American Airlines hopes to make your flight experience a little more... liveable.

Flying economy is undoubtedly one of the world's worst experiences and depending on your luck—borderline torture. Between crying children, uncomfortable seating, and terrible inflight entertainment, you begin to wonder why you voluntarily signed yourself up for this experience in the first place.

American Airlines is taking steps to take the technology on its planes out of the 60's… literally. The company recently announced that it would be equipping new planes with electrical outlets and Wi-Fi to be available to all U.S. customers. New in-flight entertainment centers will be made ubiquitous, no matter what class you're flying.

Apparently, AA will also be providing its staff with tablets and phablets. Pilots will be getting iPads and flight attendants, a little bit farther down the food chain, will be receiving Galaxy Notes. Apparently, AA's sudden mobile and tablet friendliness is meant to make its flight staff better able to assist customers… whatever that means.

While all these new amenities sound nice and dandy, don't be surprised if it'll somehow cost you extra. 


 

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    bak0n , January 17, 2013 10:52 PM
    It's o.k. I'm sure they will still come in last in every relevant consumer category after the changes.
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    house70 , January 17, 2013 11:12 PM
    I hope it's not the Dreamliner planes they're working on...
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    memadmax , January 17, 2013 11:17 PM
    AA is a joke...
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    ddpruitt , January 17, 2013 11:19 PM
    So now you can post on facetwit as your plane's delayed and the pilot's will miss your destination because they're playing angry birds!

    Excuses for the 21st century!
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    A Bad Day , January 17, 2013 11:56 PM
    house70I hope it's not the Dreamliner planes they're working on...


    What's wrong with the 787? Many new plane model has some quirks, but many don't get the attention because they aren't well known.

    ddpruittSo now you can post on facetwit as your plane's delayed and the pilot's will miss your destination because they're playing angry birds!Excuses for the 21st century!


    More like they'll charge you $10 for WiFi and $2 for the power outlets.
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    sacre , January 18, 2013 12:03 AM
    Composites are more reliable than aluminum. Aluminum will fatigue after a while, corrode, constant maintenance is required on stressed skin structures. Whereas Composites? Still need attention, but not nearly as much. They provide the compression and expansion required on the wings and body without causing fatigue over time. Composites seem to be the future, of course we still need steel/Aluminum alloys but composites are damn nice to have.
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    freggo , January 18, 2013 12:17 AM
    "Flying economy is undoubtedly one of the world's worst experiences..."

    OK, try a trip on a Banana steamer across the Atlantic if flying a few hours in an air conditioned tube with food, drinks and 'lousy' movies is so bad. Or take Amtrak from New York to Los Angeles... or your car.

    In case the author forgot, the job of the aircraft is to get you fast and safely from A to B. It is NOT a restaurant or a movie theater. If it is so 'horrible', there are the above mentioned alternatives.

    And if you think the seats back there are so cramped come visit me the next time you fly in the cockpit and I show you a crowded seat.

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    kcorp2003 , January 18, 2013 12:19 AM
    and they tell me to turn off my electronic device. I traveled with AA twice. I had a good experience, others not so much.
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    danwat1234 , January 18, 2013 1:38 AM
    Umm, so on AA we can now play words with friends during take off? About time
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    A Bad Day , January 18, 2013 2:31 AM
    freggo"Flying economy is undoubtedly one of the world's worst experiences..."OK, try a trip on a Banana steamer across the Atlantic if flying a few hours in an air conditioned tube with food, drinks and 'lousy' movies is so bad. Or take Amtrak from New York to Los Angeles... or your car.In case the author forgot, the job of the aircraft is to get you fast and safely from A to B. It is NOT a restaurant or a movie theater. If it is so 'horrible', there are the above mentioned alternatives.And if you think the seats back there are so cramped come visit me the next time you fly in the cockpit and I show you a crowded seat.


    Or sit next to an annoying sibling in a car for 8 hours that would never sleep, or stop bugging you...
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    derekullo , January 18, 2013 2:43 AM
    Why are they paying Alcoholics Anonymous to fix airplanes?
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    abbadon_34 , January 18, 2013 8:28 AM
    I would prefer if they just stopped charging for bags and all the other extra/hidden fees in the last five years.
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    madjimms , January 20, 2013 1:13 AM
    Great, adding thousands of extra pounds to the aircraft that increases fuel consumption (higher ticket costs)
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