Joined Airlines is adding a long-awaited feature to the in-flight entertainment seatback screens of its new Boeing 737 Max 8 planes — support for Bluetooth headphones. The organization is making the upgrade as a part of “United Next”, new plan to grow and modernize its fleet with what it says are bigger, fuel-efficient jets and a more agreeable in-flight experience.
I haven’t flown in the last two years — for reasons that are hopefully obvious — but the thing that grinds most of my past flying experience to a halt is dealing with the bizarre two-pronged audio jacks airplanes use for inflight audio. Having headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack isn’t hard, but it doesn’t reflect the Bluetooth audio lifestyle, Apple, and plenty of other tech companies have slowly forced me to adopt. I don’t like the wireless audio freak I’ve become, but it happened, which makes United’s upgrades so exciting, as demoed in the tweets below from aviation writer Jason Rabinowitz.
Adding seatback screens had a colossal effect in how tolerable flying is, however it’s been held up by lagging audio support that The Verge has even written a guide for getting around. What’s more, this isn’t an issue unique to United. Different airlines like Delta or JetBlue have been offering seatback evaluates for quite a long time, yet have additionally burdened flyers with simple sound. Joined very well could be one of the principal aircrafts to begin the next wave of inflight entertainment improvements (ideally).
Be that as it may, there’s space for things to go bit sideways. As a feature of its updates, United’s new 737 Max 8 planes offer 10 or 13-inch inflight entertainment screens on the backs, everything being equal, which may mean a many individuals attempting to connect to Bluetooth at once. That could cause interference, and may likewise make the way toward associating your earphones to a greater extent a task in case you’re chasing through various gadgets attempting to combine in a similar menu. Joined at present just offers Bluetooth on its Max 8 planes which it says should begin flying this summer. The organization didn’t share how it intends to resolve issues with Bluetooth, yet said it’s actually “studying the technology.”
They can’t legitimately guarantee that Bluetooth is as significant a change as more legroom or more safer flights, however for an aircraft industry hoarding cash to endure the pandemic and hoping to captivate long standing customers to procure their miles once more, any awesome new feature can’t do any harm.