WestJet is toying with the idea of replacing the in-flight entertainment system on their airplanes with tablets.
The airline will give the plan a trial run in June when two of their aircraft will start distributing Samsung Galaxy tablets to passengers.
But there’s a catch, it will cost between $10-$12 to rent a tablet.
According to the Financial Post the tablets will be loaded with up to 10 new and still in-theatre movies and 10 hours of TV shows. Games may also be included.
WestJet currently offers seat back TVs on its flights with about two dozen live TV channels. Movies are also available for a fee.
The TV reception is spotty though and according to the Post drops off over the Pacific on WestJet flights to Hawaii.
It appears though that this would only be a temporary situation as WestJet works to find a better way to entertain passengers in the air.
“We’re currently in the process of evaluating our long-term in-flight entertainment strategy to understand where we will go,” Marshall Wilmot, WestJet vice-president of product development told the Post.
“As a bridging opportunity, knowing that in-flight entertainment is such an important thing for our guests, we’ve decided to try some tablets.”
WestJet plans to be renting tablets on four planes by the end of the year.