Next time you realize the only movie playing on your United flight to Spokane is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (AGAIN!), don’t stab yourself with a plastic spork.
As of April 1st, United's teaming up with Apple to allow passengers with iOS 7 devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod) or any laptop with a specific browser plug-in to download/stream around 150 movies and 200 TV shows in-flight for FREE. All they’ll need is the United App. Android users are, unfortunately, out of luck.
While the gratis stuff (think Iron Man, House of Cards, Social Network -- not Romancing the Stone and Yentl) will initially be available only on the airline's Airbus A319, A320, Boeing 747-400 and select 777-200 planes, they hope to have the entire domestic fleet equipped with the new system by the end of 2014.