The most popular movies that people watch while flying
- Inflight entertainment has come a long way over the past few decades, evolving from communal movie to seatback screens to smartphone streaming.
- According to American Airlines, the type of content we watch has also changed, with a greater focus these days placed on programming from streaming services and those that can be binge-watched.
- The most popular movie in 2018, as far as passenger viewing on American Airlines goes, was "Black Panther," while "The Big Bang Theory" proved to be the most watched TV series.
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Inflight entertainment has come a long way over the past few decades. Not that long ago inflight entertainment meant everyone watching the same movie on communal screens. These days, we are spoiled by advanced seatback IFE systems with hundreds of movies, TV shows, and live sporting events. Beyond seatback screens, airlines have also expanded into streaming technology that allows passengers to view content on their smartphones or tablets.
Not only has the way we watched movies and TV on planes changed, but the makeup of the entertainment options has also evolved, much of it as a result of online streaming."We've definitely moved away from the standard network television programming," Kelsey Hughes, the project manager in charge of inflight entertainment at American Airlines, told Business Insider. "It just doesn't seem to be quite as popular anymore."
Instead of the standard network dramas that were once all the rage, American has instead turned to programming that's more likely to be binge-watched.
"We stick with more lighthearted sitcoms, comedy series, and we've gone to a lot of internet streaming providers like Amazon to source their shows and their exclusive content," Hughes added.
According to Hughes, the most popular movie in 2018, as far as passenger viewing on American Airlines goes, was "Black Panther," while "The Big Bang Theory" proved to be the most watched TV series.
Here's a closer look at the 10 most popular inflight movies for 2018 on American Airlines.