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Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 used by American Airlines for in-flight entertainment

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Starting today, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available to first- and business-class passengers on a number of American Airlines international and domestic flights as an option for in-flight entertainment.

American Airlines Galaxy Tab
American Airlines Galaxy Tab

Starting today, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available to first- and business-class passengers on a number of American Airlines international and domestic flights as an option for in-flight entertainment. The Galaxy Tab will replace current entertainment systems and be loaded with 70 movies, plus unspecified TV and music options; the airline also plans to bring more content to the Galaxy Tab, including Wi-Fi, games, and reading material. American Airlines is claiming it's the first domestic airline to offer a "branded" tablet to passengers (though its pilots will have iPads in the cockpit as soon as this Friday).

There are a few catches, most notably the fact that the Tab is running a specialized interface apparently designed by American Airlines — everything but what the airline wants you to see will be locked behind this skin. Initially, the Galaxy Tab will be available on domestic flights in and out of New York (JFK), Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; it'll also be available on some international flights to South American or Europe (we assume those departing from the aforementioned cities). We're looking forward to the first report of a passenger rooting this device mid-flight.