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What Did People Do on Planes Before In Flight Entertainment?

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What would we do on flights today without our inflight entertainment systems? Today, airplane displays are taken for granted as an easy way to pass the time, whether you’re flying from New York to Nevada or Seattle to Shanghai.

Today, 41% of all passengers watch movies while they’re on airplanes. But of course, those options weren’t always there. IFE monitors and aircraft displays didn’t become commonplace until the 1960s. So what did people do to pass the time before then?

You might think that, like 21% of modern travelers, they would read. Or maybe, like another 17%, they’d just sleep. But the answer, as it turns out, is far more quaint.

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