American Airlines Celebrates Pride Month with New LGBTQ Inflight Entertainment Options in June

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While making the passenger-unfriendly decision to remove in-flight entertainment screens from its domestic aircraft during retrofits, American Airlines is investing in in-flight entertainment in other ways, from free streaming entertainment through Wi-Fi to live TV on more than 820 aircraft.

In June, American Airlines is celebrating Pride Month with 30 movies that celebrate the LBGTQ community — as chosen by its own Pride Employee Resource Group. These movies include:

Bohemian Rhapsody, Billy Elliot, The Birdcage, Boys Don’t Cry, Brokeback Mountain, Cabaret, Carol, Dallas Buyers Club, The Danish Girl, Hearts Beat Loud, The Kids Are All Right, Philadelphia (1993), Rent, and The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

In addition, AA is celebrating Father’s Day in June by loading a few Dad-focused movies.

Which Movies on Which Planes: While options are similar across many aircraft, there are six different sets of in-flight entertainment that you might find on AA aircraft this month. So, to help you figure out which will be on your flight, American Airlines has launched an in-flight entertainment site letting you search your flight details to see exactly which entertainment options are supposed to be on your flight.

That site is going to be the most straightforward way of seeing your options; as you can tell from the grid below that the IFE option(s) by aircraft type can be quite complex. Once you find the aircraft type operating your flight, use the table of contents below to see your IFE options in June 2019:

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International Flights

Aircraft: Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9

There’s a whopping 296 movies on American Airlines’ international aircraft IFE repertoire — adding up to over 557 hours of combined run time. Of these movies, 243 are English-language movies with the other 53 movies having 15 other languages as the primary soundtrack.

Those of us who live on planes will appreciate that 42 movies were added to the entertainment system effective June 1. Among these, there are 13 new releases:

An Actor Prepares, Captain Marvel, Cold Pursuit, Destroyer, Fighting with My Family, Five Feet Apart, Gloria Bell, Head Full of Honey, Hotel Mumbai, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Peel, Untogether

Other featured movies for June include:

Cold Pursuit, Creed II, First Man, If Beale Street Could Talk, Instant Family, The Mule, Serenity, Coco, Juno, The King’s Speech, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, Why Him?

For those that’d rather catch up on TV while flying, there’s another 156 hours of TV programming. If you want to binge-watch on your long flight, there’s at least five episodes of the following programs:

  • 30 Rock: Season 2
  • Arrested Development: Season 1
  • The Big Bang Theory: Season 1
  • Billions: Season 1
  • Camping: Season 1
  • Crashing: Season 3
  • Friends: Season 1
  • Game of Thrones: Season 7
  • How I Met Your Mother: Season 1
  • Little Drummer Girl: Season 1
  • Power: Season 2
  • Pretty Little Liars: Season 1
  • The White Princess: Season 1
  • True Detective: Season 3

Domestic Flights w/ IFE Screens

Aircraft: Airbus A321T, some Airbus A319, some Airbus A321, some Boeing 737-800

On domestic flights with built-in in-flight entertainment screens, there are 195 movies loaded into the system for June with a combined run-time of over 362 hours. Of these, 32 were added as of June 1 including 13 new release films:

An Actor Prepares, Captain Marvel, Cold Pursuit, Destroyer, Fighting with My Family, Five Feet Apart, Gloria Bell, Head Full of Honey, Hotel Mumbai, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Peel, Untogether

Other featured movies for June include:

Cold Pursuit, Creed II, First Man, If Beale Street Could Talk, Instant Family, The Mule, Serenity, Coco, Juno, The King’s Speech, Little Miss Sunshine, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, Why Him?, Pete’s Dragon

In addition, there are more than 150 hours of TV programming from around 90 different shows. Among the new additions are episodes from:

Dean Lewis, 2 Dope Queens (Season 2), Black-ish (Season 5), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1), Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus (Season 2), Mom (Season 5), Young Sheldon (Season 1), You’re the Worst (Season 1), Sweetbitter (Season 1), Parks and Recreation (Season 1)

Streaming on Gogo

Aircraft: some Airbus A319, Airbus A320, half of the Boeing 757s in the Hawaii fleet

Passengers flying on a domestic flight without in-flight entertainment screens aren’t necessarily out of luck. If your aircraft is one of the 146 with Gogo’s satellite-based 2Ku connection, you can stream 202 different movies from the onboard router for free — no Wi-Fi purchase required.

Of the 28 new additions as of June 1, there are 10 new releases:

An Actor Prepares, Cold Pursuit, Destroyer, Fighting with My Family, Head Full of Honey, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Little Woods, The Upside, What Men Want

Other new additions included mostly Pride Month classics:

Billy Elliot, The Birdcage, Boys Don’t Cry, Brokeback Mountain, Cabaret, Carol, Dallas Buyers Club, The Danish Girl, Hearts Beat Loud, The Kids Are All Right, Pete’s Dragon, Philadelphia (1993), Rent, Tarzan (1999), The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

In addition, there are almost 149 hours of TV programming from around 80 different shows. Among the new additions are episodes from:

2 Dope Queens (Season 2), Black-ish (Season 5), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1), Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus (Season 2), Mom (Season 5), Young Sheldon (Season 1), You’re the Worst (Season 1), Parks and Recreation (Season 1), Sweetbitter (Season 1)

Streaming on ViaSat

Aircraft: some Airbus A319, most Airbus A321, all Airbus A321neo and Boeing 737 MAX, most Boeing 737-800

Passengers flying on a domestic flight without in-flight entertainment screens have options as well. If your aircraft is one of the more than 500 (and counting) with ViaSat satellite-based Wi-Fi connection, you can stream 192 different movies from the onboard router for free — no Wi-Fi purchase required.

Of these, there are 28 new additions as of June 1 including 10 new releases:

An Actor Prepares, Cold Pursuit, Destroyer, Fighting with My Family, Head Full of Honey, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Little Woods, The Upside, What Men Want

Other new additions included mostly Pride Month classics:

Billy Elliot, The Birdcage, Boys Don’t Cry, Brokeback Mountain, Cabaret, Carol, Dallas Buyers Club, The Danish Girl, Hearts Beat Loud, The Kids Are All Right, Pete’s Dragon, Philadelphia (1993), Rent, Tarzan (1999), The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

In addition, there are more than 152 hours of TV programming from around 85 different shows. Among the new additions are episodes from:

2 Dope Queens (Season 2), Black-ish (Season 5), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1),  Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus (Season 2), Mom (Season 5), Young Sheldon (Season 1)

Tablet Movies

Aircraft: Boeing 757s and 767s in business class

During one of its especially cheap phases, American Airlines management decided not to install built-in in-flight entertainment screens when retrofitting its internationally-configured Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft, even in business class. While passengers in economy are stuck with just one option — see Overhead Screens below — business-class passengers get to watch in-flight entertainment from tablets.

The problems with these tablets are many. They typically aren’t available during taxi, takeoff or landing, as flight attendants pass them out after takeoff and collect them (well) before landing. The tablet screen size is much smaller than built-in in-flight entertainment screens, and it requires being plugged into one of the two power plugs at the seat. And, there are fewer options than on any other IFE option.

If you’re stuck with one of these subpar business class products, you’ll have 106 movie options totaling more than 182 hours of run-time. Of these, 22 movies were added to the tablets as of June 1 including 13 new releases:

An Actor Prepares, Captain Marvel, Cold Pursuit, Destroyer, Fighting with My Family, Five Feet Apart, Gloria Bell, Head Full of Honey, Hotel Mumbai, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Peel, Untogether

In addition, there’s five “classic” films added to the tablets as of June 1:

Billy Elliot, Hearts Beat Loud, Love Simon, Pete’s Dragon, Tarzan (1999)

For those who’d rather catch up on TV while flying overseas, there are another 102 hours of TV programming. If you want to binge-watch on your long flight, there’s at least four consecutive episodes of the following programs:

  • Austin City Limits
  • 30 Rock (Season 2)
  • Arrested Development (Season 1)
  • The Big Bang Theory (Season 1)
  • Billions (Season 1)
  • Crashing (Season 3)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1)
  • Modern Family (Season 9)
  • Pretty Little Liars (Season 1)

Overhead Screens

Aircraft: some Boeing 737-800, Boeing 757, Boeing 767

For planes equipped with overhead screens, most flights are going to get a selection of NBC TV programming. However, movies will be played on long-enough domestic flights, flights to Hawaii and Anchorage and international flights. The movies played in June will be one of the following:

  • Captain Marvel
  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Love, Simon
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Tarzan (1999)
  • Inside Out (2015)

Download the AApp

One important thing to remember is that you’ll need to download the American Airlines app to stream in-flight entertainment to your mobile device. And the AA app isn’t the smallest app, so you’ll want to do this over Wi-Fi before the flight if you pay for mobile data. Either way, you’ll definitely need to download the app before you switch to flight mode. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay for Wi-Fi services to download the AA app before being able to stream content for free.

This is particularly important on aircraft that don’t have IFE screens installed. These include:

  • New Airbus A321neo
  • Boeing 737 MAX
  • Newly-retrofit “Project Oasis” Boeing 737-800s
  • Newly-retrofit “Project Oasis” Airbus A321
  • Boeing 757
  • Boeing 767
  • certain Airbus A319s
  • all Airbus A320s
  • certain Airbus A321s
  • CRJ-700s

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