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Travel tip: replace Qantas' inflight entertainment with your iPad

By danwarne     Filed under: inflight, qantas, iPad, inflight entertainment, inflight tech, Airbus A330, iPad cases

Here's how to hang an iPad on Qantas flights so you can watch movies without having to hold it, or have your tray table down.

If you're making a trip to Perth on one of Qantas' Airbus A330s or Boeing 747s, or making an international trip, you'll be treated to full seat-back entertainment.

However, Qantas' inflight entertainment screens -- particularly on 747s -- are quite old technology, with low resolution and poor contrast, compared to what you might be used to on an iPad or laptop. 

Australian Business Traveller noticed on a recent flight to Perth that the first-generation iPad microfibre case allows an iPad to be hung very easily over the top of the free-standing inflight entertainment display.

These free-standing screens are provided in bassinet row or bulkhead seats (essentially, any seat that doesn't have another seat in front of it) and they fold out from underneat the armrest. 

Using this technique, you can watch TV shows and movies on your iPad without having to hold it, or have your tray-table out. It is, essentially, a 'slot-on' replacement for Qantas' inflight entertainment.

Unfortunately, this technique won't work with Apple's new 'smart covers' for the iPad 2 -- we'll keep an eye out for any accessory that helps with hanging an iPad 2 during flights.

Also: see our guide on selecting the best seats on Qantas' 747s, which have appeared on the East coast to Perth routes, and our latest news on Jetstar's launch of iPad-based inflight entertainment.


About danwarne

Dan is a tech enthusiast who frequently qualifies for enhanced airport security screening due to the number of cords and gadgets stuffed into his cabin bag.


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1 on 6/7/11 by AusFlyer

Didn't you already cover this story a while ago or did I read it somewhere else...

This tip is only good if you have a bulkhead seat with the pop-up screen and then only with iPad 1... So it's not exactly a great tip to repeat!

1 on 6/7/11 by Shaun

You're absolutely right AusFlyer.

I distinctly remember this story being posted a few months back so I had a look. It was posted previously on April 21 and is still in Google's cache.

1 on 6/7/11 by danwarne

Yes, we occasionally resurrect good stuff from the vault that people who weren't with us then might find useful now. :-)

1 on 6/7/11 by Shaun

No complaints. You may want to edit the little tidbit that says 747s are about to appear on east coast to Perth routes though as it's a bit of a giveaway that the original article is a few months old ;-)

1 on 6/7/11 by danwarne

Ah yes! Good point, thanks for that :)

2 on 18/7/11 by Al

Why didn't I ever think of doing this before? I love these practical tips for travellers, keep up the great work ABT!


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