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Travel Tip: Where To Find Free In-Flight Entertainment

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screenAir travel is rarely fun, especially when you’re in the back of the plane. But, in exchange for the cramped seats, airlines are trying to make passing the time a little easier…and that means in-flight entertainment.

United Airlines has a new plan for passengers with Apple devices. Those with iPads and iPhones will be able to watch on-demand programs directly on their devices, using a specific United Airlines app.

They’re expecting to have as many as 150 movies and 200 TV shows…and it’s free.

Southwest partnered with Dish to let passengers watch live and on-demand programming on any Wi-Fi-enabled device. They’ve announced that these programs will be available for free at least through the end of 2014.

Special kudos should go to JetBlue—which is partnered with DirectTV—and Virgin America, both of which have free, on-demand entertainment.

Here’s a sleeper hit: Air Canada has some great, free in-flight programming and, when they start flying Boeing 787s this year, they’re going to have even better options.

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