Passenger aircraft are gradually becoming more economical and environmentally friendly, but this progress is barely noticeable to the average passenger. The innovations inside the plane, however, are striking.
For example, airplanes have smart seats that download individual passenger preferences from the cloud just after check-in — not to mention smart overhead lockers that monitor hand luggage and indicate where free space is available. What’s more, passengers can reserve a place for their bags before boarding — no more jostling with fellow flyers for coveted overhead bin space.
The onboard entertainment system features personal profiles, just like online cinemas, with a recommendation system advising you about what you might want to watch. But you don't have to settle for what’s offered onboard. Instead, you can stream video from your mobile device to the large screen of the personal entertainment system.
To be honest, this perk is available only in business and first-class. In economy, seatbacks are now as thin as possible — no screens. Here, content is distributed to passengers’ smartphones over Wi-Fi streaming.
As for food and drinks, passengers can order them from their smartphones – and they don’t necessarily have to wait for the flight; advance ordering begins at the airport. Whichever way, your order will be served by onboard robots, which will have replaced most flight attendants in economy class.