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Press Release

September 28, 2007

PTC Calls on Airlines to Set More Responsible Standards for In-Flight Entertainment


LOS ANGELES (September 28, 2007) – Today, the Parents Television Council™ voiced the strong concerns of its members and the general public by asking the airline industry to set and adhere to family-friendly guidelines for in-flight entertainment.  The PTC statement comes on the heels of legislation that was introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the growing number of violent or sexually charged in-flight programs and “R” or “PG-13” rated movies that are being shown on monitors throughout airplane cabins with no realistic way to shield children.


According to PTC President Tim Winter, “We are asking the airline industry to take responsibility for the new barrage of adult-oriented entertainment they are forcing on captive audiences in the form of in-flight entertainment. It is ridiculous that this issue has become so commonplace, so outrageous, that our elected officials feel they have been left with no choice but to intervene. Why can’t the airlines rectify the problem voluntarily and nullify any need for legislation in the first place?


“Air travelers don’t purchase tickets based on the airline’s sexual or violent content on the in-flight entertainment system; therefore, there is no market demand for this type of material on airplanes with mixed audiences that regularly include children. The problem could be solved quickly and easily if the airlines would simply adopt media guidelines that are consistent with their corporate values and the values of their own customers.


“Personally, on separate United flights carrying dozens of school-aged children, I’ve seen in-flight programming with sexual situations and coarse language on NBC’s Las Vegas and Desperate Housewives. PTC members have spoken out about the airing of HBO's drama Rome that has been described as sadistic. And the film Fracture, which features a graphic depiction of Anthony Hopkins shooting his wife in the face, seems to be an airline darling, having been exhibited on United, Delta and Continental Airlines. On my family’s summer vacation, the R-rated Hopkins film was beamed across every monitor in the airplane cabin,” Winter continued.


“The historical airline standard that nothing would be shown in-flight that couldn't be safely viewed by all passengers – including the children traveling on the plane – is clearly nonexistent. The airline industry is showing great disrespect for passengers and the public by making irresponsible entertainment choices. We urge each airline to address this issue by setting in-flight entertainment guidelines and making judicious programming choices in the future,” Winter concluded.


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To schedule an interview with a PTC representative, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.




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