Air passengers to get PSPs to play with

A British company is working with Sony to distribute PlayStation Portables to airlines.

Cheshire-based IFE Services, which specialises in in-flight entertainment, says that passengers will soon be able to get their hands on a specially adapted PSP which is "fully certified for use in-flight" and has an 11-hour battery life.

The company will offer comprehensive crew training to help passengers play the latest games and watch videos, although using the hand-held's Internet browser will probably be frowned upon.

IFE says it has signed agreements with six major airlines, including South African Airways, and that advanced negotiations are ongoing with several more.

"We’re delighted to be able to bring the PSP system to the airline industry,” said Mark Hogg, CEO of IFE Services. "As a veteran provider of in-flight entertainment, we know that many airline passengers are interested in playing full-scale games with impressive graphics, which the PSP delivers. Our view is that this has been long awaited by the airline industry and the passengers they fly."