How Delta Turned our 1,000 mile Journey into Date Night

An Inside look at Delta’s new Free In-Flight Entertainment

How Delta Turned our 1,000 mile Journey into Date Night

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We rolled our bags down the jet bridge in Richmond and slowly shuffled down the plane aisle. The entire trip was a somewhat unexpected – booked just 24 hours prior, but one that we were both thrilled about. This past weekend I partnered with Delta Airlines to test out their snazzy new Free In-Flight Entertainment service offerings. With two flights each way, our destination was the green peaks of Acadia National Park and the town of Bar Harbor.

Unsure of exactly what to expect in terms of in-flight amenities, I dutifully downloaded the Gogo Entertainment app in preparation for our initial leg to Laguardia. I’m familiar with transatlantic flights and their lavish movie offerings, but for small, domestic flights the only entertainment I’d ever previously found came in the form of amusement over various SkyMall products.

Why yes, I do want a pedal laptop desk, but who doesn’t?

We took our seats and prepared for takeoff. At cruising altitude I turned on my phone and spent the next 90 minutes totally preoccupied with an occasional burst of laughter (perhaps annoying to other passengers). From the generous selection panel I choose Will Ferrell’s latest movie, Ferrel Takes the Field, a documentary about Will Ferrell playing on 10 MLB teams to raise money for a charity. No hiccups, no delays nor swirling buffering displays – I watched an entire movie at 30,000 feet. Awesome.

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In Laguardia Dan and I wavered on where to dine but eventually opted for ramen bowls at Kambu in Terminal B. It was actually absolutely delicious and only marginally overpriced – a true win for airport food!

The second leg of the journey was slightly shorter so I opted to tune in to one of favorite tv shows, Veep. Veep is only available on HBO so I was delighted to see it as an in-flight option. Julie Louis-Dreyfus makes for a humorous President Selena Meyer and the witty banter of her staff is not to be missed. Again, with a rather critical eye, I waited for some sort of fuzzy delay, syncing, a pause… but nothing. After two episodes I realized that were just about to touch down in Baa-Haa-Baa. We’d traveled almost 1,000 miles, but after watching a movie, a few tv shows and a slurping bowl of ramen, it might has well have been date night.

Over the next few days Dan and I spent our time Maine-ly (get it?!) offline as we hiked, biked and kayaked through Acadia National Park. As I’m sure you’ve heard, the National Parks are celebrating their 100th birthday this year so if there’s ever been a time to go check what the fuss is all about, it’s now. Bar Harbor, located just outside the park, is also an absolute gem. With its charming port, quaint downtown and plethora of tasty restaurants to choose from there’s no better getaway in my book.

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On Sunday we reluctantly packed up our things and hustled back to the airport, a little more weighed down by a few glutinous bowls of lobster mac and cheese. On the return flights I opted to use my laptop to stream Whitney Cumming’s HBO special (headphones required by absolutely hysterical!) and Clooney’s latest, Hail Casear. Again, I happily watched issue-free using Delta’s Free In-Flight Entertainment, aside from the fact that we touched down in Richmond before I could finish the movie.

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After a relaxing transit to a gorgeous destination, I have to thank Delta for making the entire weekend that much more fun. Typically air travel comes with its share of headaches but with the addition of high quality entertainment the entire vacation starts on the jet bridge.

Takeaways:

  • I’d like a pedal laptop desk and I bet you would too.
  • Delta’s new Free In-Flight Entertainment is fantastic: HBO, blockbusters, and issue-free streaming at 30,000 feet.
  • If you haven’t already, go watch Veep, JLD is hysterical.