Almost all the movies I watch are on airplanes. That means I often see only edited versions of films. But should airline movies be edited?
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I had never seen a message like that before on United, but figured United was no longer editing movies on seatback monitors.
By the way, this was the movie I watching, Novitiate—
Since it did not seem like a salacious movie, I opted to continue. It was a thought-provoking movie about the changing role of nuns in the Vatican II era.
But, the sexual situations were only hinted at and all nudity was edited out…
So why the warning?
A couple thoughts. First, I am not opposed to editing movies for content that are shown on main cabin screens. In the era of personal and streaming IFE, those are becoming increasingly rare. Nevertheless, I don’t think violence, graphic sex, or nudity is appropriate in a cabin that usually contains children.
Second, I do find it ironic that airlines are quick to censor even the slightest nudity but rarely edit gratuitous violence. That says something about the American culture more than anything else.
Fundamentally, though, I believe modifying movies is like modifying the work of an artist. It should not be done whenever possible, including when each passenger has their own screen. Thus, I prefer unedited movies but support the clear warnings and the ability to enable “child safe” mode.
How about you? Do you believe airline movies should be edited?