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!

Check out all kinds of browseable content on a giant 23-inch screen

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.

Read a book on your personal LCD screen

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.

Tune out with a free pair of noise-cancelling headphones

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.

How about a movie on your personal big screen?

When you fly Japan Airlines, grab a Face-Trek to get the illusion of watching a movie on a 62-inch screen.

Set the mood with environmental manipulation

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.

Light for your body's clock

Virgin invented a lighting system that emulates sunrise to sunset over the duration of your flight -- it helps reduce the impact of jet lag.

Improvements in inboard wifi

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.

Bring your own entertainment

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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