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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 496

Mr Bennett (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

Will he approach Trans-Australia Airlines, and let me know the result, regarding the installation of inflight

(a)   films on long interstate journeys similar to overseas airlines, and

(b)   piped music for passenger comfort.

Mr Charles Jones - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: fa) and (b) This question has been discussed with Trans-Australia Airlines. The airline has pointed out that amenities of this kind are normally associated with international operations where stage lengths of several hours are common and it is desirable to have time-consuming diversions of various kinds for the comfort of passengers.

Australian domestic air services are basically of a short haul nature and a large part of the time is occupied in providing meals, refreshments, making public announcements and drawing attention to features of the terrain. Some music is played during the take-off and landing stages through the public address system, but the introduction of piped music to each seat would be costly and is not considered to be justified in the present circumstances.

Similar considerations apply more particularly to the provision of full length films, the opportunities for viewing such films on domestic Sights being too limited to warrant the installation of the costly equipment which would be necessary for the purpose. '

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