As commercial airlines from all around the world face increasing demands from the global population for more commercial air travel, the demand for a better quality of air travel simultaneously increases. Earlier this generation customers would have to endure being disconnected from their businesses, the crammed spaces, and other issues for the duration of their flights. Airlines have been actively improving and listening to customer feedback, making changes wherever possible.

For even short distance travel, inflight wifi has improved greatly. Having just used it for trip back home two days ago, the wifi had issues playing a youtube video at 720p but it was good enough to catch up on emails, read articles, and stay in touch with peers. What was originally a first class privilege is now available on nearly 50 public airlines round the world at an affordable price and in some situations even free.

Passenger seating has also been the subject of much improvement as well - along with having upgrades in appearance and style, on some airlines seats can re-arranged and configured in numerous ways. Thus have been given the name “Smart Seating”. Foam Springs in the cushions are designed to reduce stress from sitting in one space for hours . Access to the lavatory is designed to be easier for passengers with reduced mobility.

Among these changes - other smaller but vital overhauls include the addition of antibacterial coatings, LED “mood” lighting in the cabin to mimic changing colors of the sky, and sensors to monitor temperature and passenger activity. Companies like FliteTrak and Recaro are gathering feedback and constantly experimenting to see how they could make things better. FliteTrak hopes to include these features in more aircraft by 2019.

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