When Ryanairs chief executive, Michael OLeary, announced this month that his airline may soon offer in-flight pornography, he told the British tabloid The Sun, Hotels around the world have it, so why wouldnt we?
The flaw in Mr. OLearys logic notwithstanding (hotel rooms have doors; airplane seats are surrounded by eyeballs, some very young), his proposal isnt so radical. As most any flight attendant will confirm, passengers are already indulging in racy content downloaded onto their phones, tablets or laptops from outside sources.
Beth Blair, a flight attendant and travel writer based in Minneapolis, said she once worked on a flight out of Burbank, Calif., during which an adult-film editor and his assistants began editing footage on their laptops. A child was sitting behind them. I asked them to turn it off ASAP, she wrote in an e-mail. Instead of obliging, they built a private area/tent out of newspapers. Luckily, the volume was turned down.