Emirates offers inflight entertainment for the visually impaired


Emirates now offers audio description for a variety of movies on its inflight entertainment, aimed at its visually impaired customers.

Audio Description, increasingly common in cinemas and on TV, is a recorded narration explaining the scene during the gaps in dialogue, while the film soundtrack continues at its normal pace. 

Among the movies with this feature are 16 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures films including Frozen, Saving Mr Banks, Cars 2, Monsters University, Marvel’s The Avengers, Toy Story 3 and all four Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

In 2007, Emirates worked with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures to introduce Closed Captions to movies on its onboard entertainment offering. As well as showing the actors’ dialogues in subtitles, Closed Captions also include references to sound effects used in the movie.

Emirates’ ice Digital Widescreen inflight entertainment system offers a choice of over 1,800 channels of entertainment, including over 400 movies from around the world, hundreds of hours of TV and thousands of hours of music from contemporary to classical. Customers onboard Emirates’ new Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft will now be able to enjoy the ice system on larger personal TV screens with HD resolution: 27-inch in First Class, 20-inch in Business Class and 12.1 inch in Economy Class.