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New Kid-Friendly Entertainment Choices on Southwest

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I’ve been flying a lot on Southwest in the past year or so, and I’m excited to see that so many readers have enjoyed my previous reviews of Southwest’s in-flight entertainment choices (believe it or not, but they are my most popular blog posts, according to my WordPress stats.)


Quick recap though for the uninitiated: last summer, Southwest unveiled a brand new onboard entertainment system.  Using your mobile device (iPad, iPhone, etc.), you can either watch free live TV, stream free TV episodes, rent movies to stream for $5 apiece, or access the internet on your device for $8.  All-in-all, I have been a big fan of the choices.

In my last review of the system, however, I lamented the lack of kid-friendly content.  I recommended that parents still load up their devices in advance with content, as Southwest had little to offer for kids, particularly among the free choices.  I flew Southwest again a little over a week ago, and I’m happy to report that the airline has really expanded the entertainment options for the little ones — both free and paid!   Southwest could still use a live TV channel that is kid-friendly (Sprout, Disney Channel, etc.), but this is a big improvement.  Another two thumbs up to the evolution of this Southwest product.

Here is a list of what was available on my last flight in early April 2014:

Free TV Episodes

Free TV episodes on Southwest

Free TV episodes on Southwest


  • My Little Pony
  • Littlest Pet Shop
  • Pound Puppies
  • Transformers: Prime

Movies to Rent ($5)

Keeping the kiddos entertained on Southwest for the low, low price of $5!

Keeping the kiddos entertained on Southwest for the low, low price of $5!

  • Ice Age Continental Drift
  • Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • Rio
  • Planet 51
  • The Lorax
  • Despicable Me
  • Hugo
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Spy Kids 3: Game Over

Have you been on a recent Southwest flight?  What kid-friendly content did you spot?  I wonder if the choices will change monthly like many airlines.  Stay tuned…

(Love flying Southwest like many families?  Check out my many other posts about the airline.)

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