Apple iPod flies into turbulenceApple signs iPod deal with six airlines (maybe)

16 November 2006

There's confusion over a deal to allow airline passengers to use their iPods through a plane’s in-flight entertainment system.

Tech giant Apple announced yesterday that six airlines had signed an agreement to add iPod connections to their aircraft.

According to Apple, Air France, Continental, Delta, Emirates, KLM and United will offer passengers iPod seat connections from mid 2007.

However, according to Reuters Air France and KLM said the Apple announcement was premature.

'It's way too early to confirm any such details,' an Air France spokeswoman told Reuters whilst a KLM spokesman said 'We have no idea if this is technically feasible, if it's financially viable, or it customers want it,' he said.

'At this moment, we have absolutely no intention of introducing it on board.'

Seat back displays

The connections will power and charge the MP3 players during flight and allow the video content on the iPods to be viewed on the seat back displays.

Apple’s Greg Joswiak said: ‘There is no better travelling companion than an iPod, and now travellers can power their iPods during flight and even watch their iPod movies and TV shows on their seat back displays.’

Apple says it’s working on extending the feature to other airlines in the future.