No matter how much we take it for granted, the Internet is one of the greatest products of human innovation. While remaining connected in mid-flight is no more a distant dream, it's still a new luxury — but that, too, might change with a new partnership between Virgin Airlines and ViaSat. By next year, Virgin America's Wi-Fi could be fast enough for Netflix, which means you could bring your binge-watching sessions — free popcorn and throw blanket hopefully included — to the skies.
No, this is not a joke. Virgin will install its new Wi-Fi Internet into 10 new A320 aircraft, due to arrive in September. In early 2016, the airline will conduct a beta pilot to test the speedier connectivity for select Hawaii-bound flights. According to The Verge, Virgin believes the faster service will be capable of handling audio and video streaming, so if all goes well, YouTube and Netflix will be at your fingertips, tens of thousands of feet up in air.
In light of this wonderful news, we've compiled a list of the best movies to watch while flying. Most are all centered around airplanes, but obviously we're steering clear of the ones where its passengers are in danger, because who really needs more reason for a panic attack while flying?
Here are seven airplane movies to watch on Virgin America's speedy Wi-Fi.
1. "Planes, Trains And Automobiles"
This acclaimed comedy film starring Steve Martin and John Candy can make anyone forget all the strange contortions they subject their body to with the lack of leg room on Virgin flights.
2. "Soul Plane"
OK, so this movie doesn't have the best ratings, but it's extraordinary silliness might be someone's cup of tea. With Kevin Hart in the lead role and Snoop Dogg as the pilot, this movie is definitely a conversation starter.
3 "Top Gun"
Most Americans have probably seen this already, but hours spent in the air could be a good reason to revisit this movie. Though on the surface it might seem like a film about fighter pilots, one could also interpret is as Quentin Tarantino did — a movie about a man struggling with his homosexuality. Not that we couldn't tell from its overt homoeroticism.
4. "Catch Me If You Can"
This film doesn't revolve entirely around airplanes, but lead character Frank Abagnale does pose as a Pan American World Airways pilot in one of his cons. Starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Catch Me If You Can is based on a book by the real-life Abagnale, who claims to have pulled off some of the world's best frauds.
5. "Around the World in 80 Days"
This adventure comedy film doesn't take place on a plane, but it does involve traveling around the world during a time when such a feat was considered near-impossible. Whether the 2004 remake or the 1956 original, this movie is a great prep for an adventure.
6. "The Terminal"
Steven Spielberg's romantic comedy is inspired by the true story of one Mehran Karimi Nasseri, who was stranded in the terminal of Charles de Gaulle International Airport for 18 years. Tom Hanks plays the protagonist trapped in the JFK terminal and Catherine Zeta Jones his romantic interest.
This film is largely about friendship and love, but there's a brilliant scene on an airplane where Kristen Wiig's character has one too many and hilariously attempts to barge in on her friends sitting in first class. Bridesmaids is also great fun overall and stars some of the funniest women in comedy. If you haven't seen it yet, we highly recommend you do.