If you have ever been on a trans-Atlantic flight, you know that the defining word of these flights is long. No, they’re not necessarily the longest flights that you can take. However, I was recently on a ten-hour-long trans-Atlantic flight with my husband and two kids. It was a long journey.
During these long flights, it’s important to have entertainment. (Unless, of course, you’re the type of traveler who brings sleeping pills and an eye mask. If, like me, you’re traveling with kids, that’s just not on option.) The in-flight entertainment offered by the airlines can really help to pass the time without adding anything to your carry on bag, so it’s smart to take advantage of the in-flight entertainment. There are only so many toys and snacks that you can pack for your kids, and having some good kids TV shows and movies on hand can really help to keep them happy. Also, even if your kids won’t sleep on the plane, they can get some rest if they will relax and watch the movie. This will make both you and your kids happier when you finally get to the airport.
Which airlines have the best in-flight entertainment for families? Having flown across the Atlantic many times with my family, here’s what I’ve learned about one airline and how their entertainment is for kids.
KLM has my favorite in-flight entertainment. Their system is amazing. As with many trans-Atlantic flights, each chair has its own small screen and remote control. (These screens were unique, however, in that all of our screens operated the whole time without any problems! This is a miracle that has never happened to us on any other airline. Normally at least one screen doesn’t work or there are other problems.)
The KLM headphones are the best for kids of any airlines’ that we have tried. Rather than fitting into your ear (which little kids hate) or going over your whole head (which also normally doesn’t work well with little kids), they have small padded earphones that hook over each ear. For very small children, you can also just let them hold them near their ears to be able to hear.
Movie & TV Choices
The choices on KLM for in-flight entertainment were extensive. They had new movies (like The Princess and the Frog), but also a wide selection of Disney classics. There was a good range of ages, with movies suitable for my one-year-old as well as for older kids and teens. There were also children’s TV channels that you could choose TV shows from. My preschooler loved being able to watch Play With Me Sesame on the plane.
Other Entertainment Choices
In addition to the movies and TV shows, there are also games that you can play either individually or against other people on board. The final feature that I really liked on KLM was that they offer a wide range of language courses. For older children-and parents-this is a fun way to pass time on the plane and learn some phrases from your destination. There’s also a wide range of music choices, and you can even create your own playlists.