Want To Watch Movies On A Plane? You Need To Have The App

Airlines love to tell us the reason they no longer have seatback entertainment is that people prefer to watch their own personal devices instead of the screens provided by the airline. While that’s a lie that’s a questionable assumption to make, we have to live with the fact that some airlines don’t provide any onboard entertainment and others say they do provide entertainment that you can watch on your own device.

I agree that airlines will never get seatback entertainment right but that doesn’t mean they should stop trying. I’m also sure removing the entertainment screens has nothing to do with the weight and the increased costs involved with having them because we all know that airlines don’t care about trying to save weight on planes however possible. (/sarcasm)

Since you’re on your own, here’s what you need to do before your flight to make sure you can watch the provided entertainment during the flight.

Bring your own

If you’re flying with Allegiant, Spirit or Frontier you’ll need to load up your own devices as there’s no in-flight entertainment or Wi-Fi to keep you occupied. So stock up that iPad, Kindle or laptop with whatever you’ll need to pass the time for your flight. And if you forget, there’s always a bookstore at the airport where you can get some last minute reading material.

Download the app

If a plane has Wi-Fi, there’s a good chance you’ll have access to some form of free in-flight entertainment. However, you need to be prepared. Don’t wait until sitting down on the plane to try and download the required app. Is it only me who’s never able to get a good cell signal once I get on the plane? Even when we’re still allowed to use phones, once I board the plane, my reception usually goes to zero so even if I wanted to download something, there’s no chance I’d be able to.

Here’s what you need to do for each airline:

Alaska

Before you fly, download the app.

You’ll need the Gogo® Entertainment App to watch movies and TV shows on your own device while flying with us. Download the app now to start watching more quickly onboard.

When your flight reaches 10,000 feet:
  1. Connect to the “gogoinflight” or “Alaska_WiFi” network.
  2. Open your browser.
  3. Go to AlaskaWiFi.com
  4. Select “TV & Movies” (no internet purchase is required).
  5. Pick a movie or TV show to start watching.
First time users:
  1. When you select a movie or TV show, you will be prompted to download the free Gogo® Entertainment App.
  2. After your download completes, return to your browser and enjoy.

Apple users: The player is also available inflight, except on flights to/from Hawaii – you must download the player before your flight to enjoy entertainment over the ocean.
Android users: The player is also available inflight.
Laptops: A simple browser plugin is available inflight.

American

On most flights, you can stream our library of movies and TV shows to your phone, tablet or laptop – without buying Wi-Fi. All you need is the American Airlines app on your phone or tablet.

All entertainment is free – watch it everywhere except American Eagle® flights without Wi-Fi.

American Airlines app 

How to watch free entertainment

Phone or tablet:

  1. Download the American app before takeoff
  2. Connect to Wi-Fi signal (no internet purchase required)
  3. If connected to “gogoinflight,” go to airborne.gogoinflight.com in your browser
  4. If connected to “AA Inflight,” go to aainflight.com in your browser
  5. Click on “Free Entertainment,” “Watch Now” or the play button icon
  6. Select your movie or TV show

Laptop:

  1. Connect to Wi-Fi signal (no internet purchase required)
  2. If connected to “gogoinflight,” go to airborne.gogoinflight.com in your browser
  3. If connected to “AA Inflight,” go to aainflight.com in your browser
  4. Click on the “Watch Now” button or the “Free Entertainment” tab
  5. Select your movie or TV show

Delta

Delta suggests you download the free Gogo Entertainment App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store before you fly (but you can supposedly download it during your flight).

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Part of me really wanted to watch this on a Delta flight just to see if they edited it at all.

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JetBlue

JetBlue offers free Wi-Fi on all flights so you should have no problems keeping yourself occupied. They also offer seatback entertainment with Sirius XM radio and DirectTV. However, there are only three movies available on the seat back screen.

You do have access to a bunch of content on your own device.

Amazon on JetBlue

JetBlue is pleased to offer Amazon Video unlimited, streaming entertainment on our150+ aircraft with Fly-Fi®! Customers will now be able to enjoy this high-quality and reliable streaming experience, being able to choose from more than 40,000 titles 35,000 feet in the air on The Fly-Fi® Hub. Our partnership with Amazon will provide customers with additional benefits that include Amazon Originals programming on our seatback televisions in the coming months and new ways to earn TrueBlue points in 2016.

Amazon on JetBlue allows Amazon Prime members to instantly access tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including exclusive Amazon Original Series such as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle and Bosch, at no additional cost to their membership. In addition, all customers can rent or purchase titles in the Amazon Video store, including new release movies and day-after TV programming.

Here’s the link to download the Amazon Video Player app

Hawaiian

Guests seated in the Main Cabin and Extra Comfort section of our A321neo aircraft can stream inflight entertainment to their mobile devices, tablets or laptops.

Step 1 (Prior to Boarding): Download the Hawaiian Airlines App

Prior to boarding your flight, download the Hawaiian Airlines App to your Apple iOS or Android device

Step 2 (Once Onboard): Connect to the Network & Browse Content

Switch first to airplane mode in your settings and connect to the Wifi network “HawaiianAirWifi.”

  • For mobile/tablet device users: Once connected to the network, open the Hawaiian Airlines App, select More, and then select In-Flight Entertainment.
  • For laptop users: Once connected to the network, open a supported browser and visit HawaiianAirlinesWifi.com to browse content. Please ensure that you have downloaded the plugin when prompted. Requires Adobe Flash Player 24.0 or higher.

Please note: This network is only available onboard A321neo aircraft with streaming inflight entertainment.

Southwest

You can download the Southwest app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store before you fly

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Sun Country

While onboard a Sun Country Airlines flight, you can use your own smartphone, tablet, or laptop to enjoy hours of complimentary entertainment from our library of movies, shows, games, and music through our secure wireless AirFi network. While onboard, you can stream a variety of great entertainment, even though there is no access to the internet. And if you forgot your headphones, they are available for purchase. In addition, as most seats have USB charging ports and our Best seats have standard AC power outlets, you can plug in your smartphone, tablet, or laptop for continuous power.

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United

You can download the United app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store before you fly.

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Of course for you to be able to stream movies in flight, your Wi-Fi on United needs to be working and there’s no guarantee on that because technology is hard.

Final Thoughts

While many airlines have folded the media players into their own apps, several of them still use a standalone player you need to install so you can watch movies while on a plane. Hopefully, this guide will help you set up your device ahead of time and let you get on board and start watching a movie on a giant flying theater.

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