By Ian Bush
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Flying these days can be anything but an entertaining experience, but Southwest Airlines is trying a new service that puts live TV at your fingertips.READ MORE: Waterford Township Schools Closed After More Than 60% Of Staff Sickened Following Luncheon
It’s becoming common to see WiFi offered on flights, but few planes are equipped with individual video screens.
“There’s the weight,” says Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins. “There’s the fact that they have to be maintained, the technology turns over.”
That’s why, Hawkins says, they’re leaving the screen in your hands — your own tablet, laptop, or smartphone — and sending a live TV signal over WiFi.READ MORE: Giant Supermarket Chain Opening 4 New Stores In Philadelphia, Hiring 700 Employees
“The NBC Sports channels, NFL Network, Major League Baseball,” he says. “And there are some business and news channels in there, as well.”
Southwest is testing prices between $3 and $8.
It should be on 20 planes to start, with plans to add it to all WiFi-enabled flights by the end of the year.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Officials Expected To Provide Update On Reopening Timeline Tuesday, Sources Say
Several airlines do offer seatback TV screens, but it’s free only on Virgin America and Jet Blue.