A company wants to install iPads in aircraft seats. But it's not easy

Here's an early generation system I had on a Summer 2014 Frontier Airlines flight. 

Here's an early generation system I had on a Summer 2014 Frontier Airlines flight. 

Airlines have problem. Every time they install seat back screens in aircraft, the technology is obsolete in a few years. The screen eventually is too small. Or the resolution too poor.

But the systems are pricey, and they're embedded in the seat, so screens tend to stay, disappointing passengers.

But a company called Lufthansa Systems has an answer. It wants airlines to embed popular current generation tablets inside the seat. Maybe it'll be a Samsung tablet. Or perhaps an Ipad. Or possibly a Dell. The tablets will get their content from a wireless distribution system. 

Whenever that screen becomes obsolete, an airline can simply replace it with the newer generation model, provided it is roughly the same size. 

But here's the fascinating part. According to Lufthansa Systems, regulators require that whatever screens airlines install do not shatter upon impacting with your head. (Think crash landing.) And since tablets were not meant to withstand this testing, they don't really work. 

So Lufthansa Systems developed a workaround. On takeoff and landing, passengers will have to put up their protector screens. Check this out ...

The protector screen should help the systems pass crash tests such as this one...