8 Exclusive High-Tech Airline Amenities

Singapore Airlines

Some airlines are starting to do more with technology to make air travel feel less like being crammed into a cardboard tube and more like a tolerable way to get around.

The next time you have a long flight, give one of these airlines a try to see how it compares to your usual flying experience.

Have you recently been on a flight with especially good amenities? Let us know in the comments!

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title=”Check out all kinds of browseable content on a giant 23-inch screen”
content=”In first class, Singapore Air offers 23-inch personal televisions to each passenger. Sure, you can watch TV, but you can do a number of other things, like learn a language or find your connecting flight.”
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content=”There is active speculation that Virgin Airlines may soon offer eBook content on their in-flight screens, allowing you to read in addition to watching TV or movies.”
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content=”travellers on Japan Airlines or Virgin Atlantic can help themselves to noise-cancelling headphones to block out sound for easier sleep or to better enjoy their music.”
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content=”When you fly Japan Airlines, grab a Face-Trek to get the illusion of watching a movie on a 62-inch screen.”
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title=”Set the mood with environmental manipulation”
content=”All Nippon Airways flights use lighting and sound effects to create ‘a calm cabin atmosphere that invites passengers to relax and rest.’ For even more stimulation, you can press a button to enjoy the scent of lavender.”
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content=”Virgin invented a lighting system that emulates sunrise to sunset over the duration of your flight — it helps reduce the impact of jet lag.”
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title=”Improvements in inboard wifi”
content=”Singapore Airlines and Virgin are the innovators in new wifi technology that makes the internet available from takeoff to landing. No more waiting until you’re above 10,000 feet.”
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content=”Singapore Airlines offers iPod dock integration with their on-board entertainment system for video and audio, letting you be your own DJ.”
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title=”Want to know what to bring with you on your flight?”
content=”Click here to see 10 gadgets you should pack before getting on a plane →
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