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American Airlines Is Making In-Flight Entertainment Completely Free

Tour Of An American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft As Hong Kong-Dallas Route Is InauguratedTour Of An American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft As Hong Kong-Dallas Route Is Inaugurated
Screens are illuminated in the economy-class cabin on board an American Airlines aircraft.Photo by Brent Lewin—Bloomberg via Getty Images

Good news for American Airlines customers: In-flight entertainment is about to be completely free.

The airline announced Tuesday that it will begin offering its full library of movies, television shows, music, and games at no cost. Entertainment available to fliers differs depending on the aircraft and type of Wi-Fi offered, but fliers can expect to have access to premium shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Silicon Valley,” as well as recently released movies like Captain America: Civil War and The Lobster.

In a press release, American Airlines (AAL) boasts that it has the “best and largest content library among the U.S. carriers.” The content will be available to fliers either on their seatback entertainment system or on their personal devices.

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Currently 280 American Airlines aircraft offer seatback entertainment systems, the company said.

“American is further investing in and personalizing how our customers travel by giving them the most in-flight entertainment options onboard our aircraft,” Fernand Fernandez, the airline’s vice president of global marketing, stated in the press release. “American is creating an unmatched travel experience that all of our customers can enjoy.”


It likely isn’t coincidental that this move by American follows a similar announcement from another domestic carrier just two months ago. Fortune reported in June that Delta had made its in-flight entertainment free, claiming to be the first U.S. airline to do so.