In-Flight Entertainment (IFE)– Glossary Definition

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Want the definition of in-flight entertainment? Learn the meaning of IFE, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Wondering about the definition of in-flight entertainment? Keep reading to learn the meaning of IFE, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

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An in-flight entertainment device playing a movie. Taken by Alev Takil via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

What is In-Flight Entertainment?

In-flight entertainment (IFE), in airline parlance, is a collection of entertainment options available and offered to passengers to help them pass the time and avoid restlessness, flight fatigue, and boredom.

While most in-flight entertainment is free, there may be some premium options available for a fee, as well.

In-flight entertainment, especially on longer flights, are typically provided via in-flight entertainment devices (IEDs) usually mounted on the seatback of the chair in front of the passenger or on a bulkhead.

More on the In-Flight Entertainment Device

The in-flight entertainment device is a computer, usually mounted on the seatback of the chair in front of the passenger, that offers in-flight entertainment options such as movies, music, games, an in-flight map, and more.

Sharing the unfortunate abbreviation of IED with Intermittent Explosive Disorder and, worse still, Improvised Explosive Device, hopefully the in-flight entertainment device is the only IED a traveler will encounter while on their trip!

In-flight entertainment devices are usually available on longer flights to avoid passenger restlessness. For passengers without a seatback in front of them, it may be mounted on a bulkhead (wall) or elsewhere.

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