An Easy Way To Fix Your Broken Inflight Entertainment System

As more and more airlines add inflight entertainment systems to their aircraft, flying, in a sense becomes more pleasurable. However, if you have a broken inflight entertainment system, what could be a long flight now becomes one of the most boring in your life.

American Airlines has installed seat back systems on their 777, A321 and now new 737 aircrafts. Fortunately, these systems are now powered and controlled individually, which means when one breaks, it doesn’t effect the entire cabin.

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If you’ve got a broken entertainment system on one of these American aircraft, you can now reset your own screen, without ever having to call a flight attendant for assistance.

Simply hold the power button down on the screen itself (NOT on the remote, if you have one) for 10 seconds until the screen suddenly shuts off. At this point, let go and watch the system go through a reset procedure. This reboot may take several minutes, and as was the case on a recent American flight I had, took 15 minutes. While it’s not instant, it’s a fix nonetheless.


Allowing you to fix your own screen without flight attendant intervention allows you to get to your movies and shows faster!

PS – Are you tired of the picture of the flight attendant staring you in the face on the screen? Hit the “home” button (the one that looks like a house) and the home screen will circulate through more flight attendant pictures until you find one pleasing enough to look at.

Hope you find this tip useful! If you know of any IFE fixes on other airlines, please comment below.

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