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Old 04-29-2007, 09:39 AM   #1
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Question Portable DVD player on plane?

Im thnking of getting one of these for our plane ride. I just started to research them and I was wondering if there are any that you can recommend that are not too expensive. I prefer to stay close to $100.

Also, are you able to plug it in on the plane...I really dont want to rely on a battery charge. Thanks!
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Im thnking of getting one of these for our plane ride. I just started to research them and I was wondering if there are any that you can recommend that are not too expensive. I prefer to stay close to $100.

Also, are you able to plug it in on the plane...I really dont want to rely on a battery charge. Thanks!
We bought one about 5 years ago for this very reason. I believe ours is a JVC brand. I see them advertised in Target sometimes on sale for $88...although I think they are regularly $100 or less unless you want the big brand names.

We got a lot of use out of ours. Now we hardly use it because we bring laptops and we can watch dvd's on them-less to carry since we'd bring the laptops anyway. But I think they are a good deal, for the price, you can't go wrong and plus they are great to use on long car rides or car trips.
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Old 04-29-2007, 10:45 AM   #3
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we ALWAYS bring our portable DVD player for use on plane rides. Our DD2 responds very well to a familiar movie. makes the trip enjoyable for all...

You will have to rely on battery on the plane, not possible to plug it in. we have found outlets to charge a battery in the airport, but not on the plane.

many airlines now have TV screens for every seat, but you must wear a headset for sound......not something that my DD will do.......best of lucK!! annabug
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Old 04-29-2007, 02:27 PM   #4
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Last time we flew, I saw a DVD player rental station IN the airport! I think it was only for specific destinations (where they had another kiosk, I imagine), but it seemed really convenient! Check out your airport, see if they have that and if it would work for you.
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:54 PM   #5
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Portable DVD players are great to help pass the time on the airplanes! However, as a former flight attendant (and aunt to three young toddlers), I just want to remind everyone that you should use earphones when using your DVD players (MP3 players, game players etc.) on the plane. This is a common courtesy to other passengers, who may not want to listen to your movie. I know a lot of young children don't like to wear earphones, but perhaps you could find a comfortable pair for your child, and get the child used to them before you go.
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You can buy a universal battery for a portable DVD if you will be using it more than the two or so hours that a DVD battery lasts. Target has a three hour battery for about $35. Radio Shack has a 6 hour for about $50. The universal battery plugs into the AC adaptor input and fits all portable DVDs. We bought one for a five hour plane ride, but didn't use it much. Between takeoff, landing, eating snacks, etc., the DVD player was only in use about two hours anyway.
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We bought one about 5 years ago for this very reason. I believe ours is a JVC brand. I see them advertised in Target sometimes on sale for $88...although I think they are regularly $100 or less unless you want the big brand names.

We got a lot of use out of ours. Now we hardly use it because we bring laptops and we can watch dvd's on them-less to carry since we'd bring the laptops anyway. But I think they are a good deal, for the price, you can't go wrong and plus they are great to use on long car rides or car trips.
I could HUG you right now!!! DH bought me this laptop for Christmas and I just looked to see if it has a DVD player and IT DOES!!! Ive had this for almost 5 months and did not know that!!!! Im such an idiot!! Buying some headphones will be much less expensive than buying a portable DVD player too!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

I do have another question though...

Does it count as your carry-on? I was planning on bringing a carry-on for us and a bag with the laptop in it. Is that allowed? I havent flown since 1999 and so much has changed since then.

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yup it counts as your carry on.
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I just found this...dont know why I didnt even think to look online before

Carry-on Baggage
Advisory: New security measures have been implemented which necessitate an earlier arrival. See Security Checkpoints for details.

You can carry on one bag plus one personal item per passenger as long as it:

Weighs less than 40 pounds (18 kg).
Does not exceed 45 inches when you total length plus width plus height.
Fits easily into our SizeWise® unit (approximately 22"x14"x9").
Fits in an overhead bin or underneath the seat in front of you.
Here are some examples of personal items:

Male or female purse
Briefcase
Laptop computer (All laptop/computers must be carried aboard and cannot be checked. For information about Delta's battery-saving system for laptops, visit Connectivity)
Camera case
Diaper bag
Items of a similar or smaller size to those listed above, such as Portable Electronic Devices.
These additional items are okay to carry on and don't count towards your allowance:

Food items for immediate consumption
Assistive devices such as wheelchairs or crutches, provided passenger is dependent on them
One box or bag of duty free merchandise
A coat or jacket
An umbrella
One item of reading material
There may be more limits to carry-on baggage based on available space and additional restrictions on certain flights.

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yup it counts as your carry on.
Actually, a computer case is one of the items the TSA considers a "personal item", not a carry on. You may have one carry on and one personal item per ticketed passenger. A personal item is a purse, briefcase, laptop case, etc.
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Actually, a computer case is one of the items the TSA considers a "personal item", not a carry on. You may have one carry on and one personal item per ticketed passenger. A personal item is a purse, briefcase, laptop case, etc.
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Portable DVD players are great to help pass the time on the airplanes! However, as a former flight attendant (and aunt to three young toddlers), I just want to remind everyone that you should use earphones when using your DVD players (MP3 players, game players etc.) on the plane. This is a common courtesy to other passengers, who may not want to listen to your movie. I know a lot of young children don't like to wear earphones, but perhaps you could find a comfortable pair for your child, and get the child used to them before you go.
I agree with you! As a former flight attendant as well, it can be very bothersome to other passengers to have listen to someone elses movie. You may think it is on low enough to not bother anyone, but it's usually not. It is hard to hear above the engine noise sometimes and so the sound has to be louder then you think. As far as an inexpensive one, my MIL got my DS one at Best Buy that wasn't your typical name brand for $99. It has worked great and holds a long charge. Unfortunately there is no way around the battery, because planes don't have outlets. Just charge it the day before you leave and don't turn it on until the FA's say you can use electronic devices and put your cord in your suitcase. Then the day before you head home recharge it.
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I always bring my laptop with me. My son watches a movie and uses headphones. He likes the laptop better because the screen is bigger. I found a backpack for laptops and works out great. I've never had a problem carrying it on board along with my purse.
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Please, please, please have your kids wear headphones.

I am have a 2 year old and a 4 year old so I understand the need to travel with a DVD player and we have one that we use as well. I know the importance of keeping little ones quiet and entertained. DH and I had the rare (ok, first time ever) opportunity to go away alone a few weeks ago. As much as I love my kids and missed them on this trip I was not happy about listening to Dora blasting from the DVD player in the seat in front of me. We actually got up and moved to free seats after we took off just for that reason. I would not have been a happy camper if I had to listen to that for 3 hours.

We will be flying in 3 days and will have the DVD player with us. I plan to let my kids know that if they wish to watch a movie that they must have earphones on.
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please have your kids wear the earphones. i have sat by folks whose kids "won't wear them" and hearing someone elses movie is not a way to spend a flight. when ours is on, the earphones go with it--ds2 actually will watch, without wanting to listen. weird.

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