Unintended consequence of Qantas touch screen IFE After years as a Virgin regular I took my first Qantas flight the other day, and I experienced the touch screen IFE for the fir

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tronek

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Unintended consequence of Qantas touch screen IFE

After years as a Virgin regular I took my first Qantas flight the other day, and I experienced the touch screen IFE for the first time. It doesn't seem to be all that sensitive so it needed a decent prod to work, and I had the sense that while I was navigating the menus I was poking the head of the passenger in front. He didn't say anything but I'm sure I saw his head move as I was poking away at the menus. Has anyone else found themselves on the giving or receiving end of a poke in the head courtesy of the IFE? This was in economy (on a 747) where the seat backs are thin and springy

Doubleplatinum Banned

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Yep had the same thing happen yesterday on singapore airlines, not sure if qantas has the same setup but on singapore you can use the remote or screen, I think the guy behind me got the message when I threw him a dirty after 10 minutes of tapping through menus

tronek

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This was VH-OEH, and it had no remote, so touch was the only option. I was conscious of it, so I tried to tap with the minimum effort needed to make the thing work, but I can see others not being so restrained.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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tronek,

The key is to use your fingernail to tap away at the screen. I've been known to provide similar instructions to the passengers behind me (for obvious reasons).

tronek

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Thanks for the advice. Useful fingernails might work for a babushka, but I'm a chuvak so it could be tricky. I'll just continue to try to stay mindful of this in future.

TheRealBabushka

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No no you don't need long nails. Just flick it with your trimmed nails, like you're flicking a fly, with your index finger. So as you would normally do it but just turn your hand around.

mrc82

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Overall I find most people are gentle enough with it, although I did have one morning flight (after having just finished nightshift) where the kid behind me was playing a game on it, that wasn't a pleasant experience.

tronek

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Kids playing games on it would be the worst. I hadn't even considered that!

eminere

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This is also apparent on other carriers with a similar setup such as MH.

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