Will your next flight be BYOD – Bring Your Own Device – as airlines offer streaming inflight content?

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Gone are the days where plane passengers squint at TV monitors five rows ahead, straining for the punchline in the latest Adam Sandler movie. Effective this April, United Airlines will stream inflight content directly to your iOS device on select aircraft. The initial rollout will affect Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 747-400 and select 777-200 aircraft. Nearly every plane in the fleet will have this new ability by the end of 2014.

With UA’s iOS app or a laptop, passengers will have access to more than 150 movies and about 200 TV shows. Though everything seems to cost money now – even those once-ubiquitous pretzels – the content will be free to enjoy.

Other airlines are getting into the streaming game, including Lufthansa, Japan Airlines, SITA, and Southwest Airlines, all in various stages of development.

Looks like your next personal carry-on item may be popcorn.

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