Is the Tablet a Birth of a New Seatback?

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    Is there anything worse than being shut in a metal tube at 38,000 ft with no communication to the outside world for many hours?

    This has been the case for years, but for the International Business Traveler it could be classed as a 'perk' of the job and a necessity for the holidaymaker. For the Business Traveler, it can be a number of precious hours to catch up on... practicing or creating presentations, report writing or offline emails (or online - see below). For the holidaymaker, boring hours trying to keep sane and waiting for the flight to be over! For me in either situation the Tablet, such as the iPad, is the idea device with exactly the functionality and form factor I need, in such a limited space...
    But are we seeing the birth of a New Seatback?

    On my last international trip to SAPPHIRE in Orlando, during the flight I noted the large amount of iOS devices, the majority iPads, being used on the 8hr 40min from the UK. These devices were being used in lieu of the inflight entertainment systems, even on my flight with Virgin Atlantic, which boasts a modern fleet and some of the most innovative in-flight systems. It seems to me that the new darling of the skies is a tablet device that far outperforms the games, films and music systems that are offered on today's airlines (I have heard of some airlines already renting tablet devices to passengers).

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