According to this FlyerTalk thread, many international United aircraft have their in-flight entertainment systems disabled due to the “airshow” feature, where you can see the location of your aircraft. Sadly I’m betting United won’t be the only airline that’s playing this game.
I just don’t know what to say anymore, I really don’t. The first issue is that you can’t even really see where you are on the “airshow” feature thanks to the aircraft being half the size of the United States on the screen. Beyond that, seriously? I mean, really, is this going to keep us safe? There’s no doubt that mandatory lowering of the window shades is next.
And I think we can say goodbye to Channel 9 on United. At least this time around it’s not the pilots at fault. I can honestly say that I think we’re only encouraging the terrorists. I can only imagine the joy they’re getting out of seeing the inhumane state of the US airline industry thanks to this and the continuous security “enhancements.”