Airplane Mode, New Game Lets You Experience Long-Haul Flight in Economy in Real Time (Video)

Airplane Mode

Most of us are not traveling and flying as much as we used to. While some travel has resumed, people are still staying away from airplanes due to coronavirus fears. But if you’ve been missing the feeling of seating in a crowded, noisy Economy seat, a new game can get you the fix you need.

The game is called Airplane Mode, and it is designed by New York-based game developer Hosoji Auji. It claims to be “the most realistic flight simulation ever created.”

AMC Games, the game’s publisher, describes the game as “the only flight simulation game where players can experience the intense excitement of being an economy class passenger on a long-haul flight.” In the uneventful simulation game, players experience an Economy flight in real-time and try to keep themselves busy. There are no missions or villains in here, with the exception of the occasional crying baby or the pilot that cuts off your movie with an announcement.

Game Details

Airplane Mode’s gameplay explores the airline travel experience down to every last detail—from the design of your seat and the seatback in front of you, to the contents of your carry-on bag and smartphone hard drive, to the behaviors of cabin crew and other passengers. The circumstances of your flight will change every time you play. Simply put, Airplane Mode is the most realistic flight simulation ever created. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.


  • Taxi, take-off, and landing.
  • Fairly accurate satellite imagery of your flight path.
  • Snacks, premium beverages, and meal service (incl. fish option).
  • Carry-on bag with a book, headphones, pen, and charging cable.
  • Overhead reading light and complimentary aircraft information card.
  • Inflight safety video produced by IFC’s in-house team of expert air hosts.
  • Randomized events on every playthrough, such as turbulence, bad wifi, and delays.
  • Authentic ambient noise—whose baby is that???*
  • Inflight entertainment system featuring a flight tracker and hit movies of the 1930s.
  • Our award-winning magazine, Stratospheres, filled with articles, crosswords, and Sudoku.

*Crying baby not guaranteed on every flight.

Game Trailer

The game isn’t expected to be released until later this year. But there is a trailer available, offering a taste of what players can expect. You can see the video below and find more details here.

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