Southwest Airlines to offer free in-flight movies

AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideSouthwest’s EarlyBird check-in has become quite popular — and profitable.(Photo: Southwest Airlines)Southwest Airlines is eliminating its $5 fee for in-flight movies, joining other airlines in offering more free entertainment.Southwest, the nation’s largest domestic carrier, doesn’t have seat-back screens or overhead screens on its planes. Passengers watch the movies on their smartphones, laptops, tablets and other Wi-Fi enabled devices. This month’s movie choices include “A Bad Mom’s Christmas,” “12 Strong” and “Early Man.””Our research shows that a positive experience onboard the aircraft can greatly influence the decision to come back to Southwest,” Ryan Green, Southwest’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “We listened to our customers and are enhancing our already award-winning experience.”More: Southwest Airlines sounds like it’s (finally) getting close to selling tickets to HawaiiSouthwest eliminated its $2 fee for in-flight messaging in September.Airlines have been upping their in-flight entertainment lineup. Delta and American have offered free in-flight movies, on seatback screens or passengers’ personal devices, since 2016.American recently added free live TV, something already available on Southwest, JetBlue and Delta.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story:
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