Buckle up for a six-hour real-time commercial flight in Airplane Mode passenger simulator

Humza

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Something to look forward to: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is all the rage these days, given how it authentically maps the entire world for pilots to explore. But what about life as a passenger? In case you've forgotten due to flight restrictions this year, Hosni Auji's Airplane Mode will be launching soon to help relive that experience. The game won't be challenging Flight Simulator 2020 in terms of scale as there are only two flights to go through, but it will compete with Microsoft's Bing-powered maps and Azure AI for realism by featuring crying baby screams, bad WiFi, in-flight meals, and delays, all from the (dis)comfort of an economy class seat.

The ongoing pandemic has made for a lot of travel-starved tourists this year, but thanks to the timely arrival of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, many PCs have now become jet engines that can take players anywhere in the world, to and from any airport, right from the comfort of their own home.

Piloting a plane with a joystick and trying out every switch and knob in the cockpit is all well and good, but flying isn't just about the excitement, is it? There's also the passenger side of things that goes from luxurious, relaxing and sometimes boring in business/first class to mostly boring, noisy and turbulent in the crowded coach/economy class at the rear.

Airplane Mode aims to replicate the latter experience by having players fly as economy passengers in a six-hour commute from JFK airport in the USA to Reykjavik, Iceland. Luckily, they'll be given a window seat to help with patiently sitting through the entire flight, including taxi, take-off and landing. If they're on a tight schedule, they can opt for a second flight that goes from JFK to Halifax, Canada, that takes around 2.5 hours to complete.

Players would need to kill time by getting comfortable with their surroundings, fumbling with the contents of their carry-on bag, and noticing details like their seat layout and the seatback in the front that'll feature an in-flight entertainment system with a satellite journey tracker, in-flight safety video and hit movies from the 1930s.

They'd also be able to observe the cabin crew and would need to contend with fellow passengers, and occasionally, their crying toddler. In addition to snacks and premium beverages, players can opt for fish in their meal servings, which seems like a terrible idea in the face of randomized in-flight events like turbulence and delays. The game will cycle through these events to keep future playthroughs interesting.

Thankfully, the player's carry-on bag will help pass the time as it'll give them access to a pen, headphones and a book, which they can flick through easily with the help of an overhead reading light. There will also be an in-flight magazine filled with articles, crosswords and Sudoku.

Australian-American video game designer, Bennet Foddy, known for the popular ragdoll-based QWOP and Getting Over It platformer, will be accompanying players as their captain as they "stare in silence at the slowly passing clouds [and] try to make time go faster through sheer force of will."

"Other flight simulators give you high-definition cockpits with a billion switches and dials," says AMC, the game's publisher, but cheekily boasts that this game "is the only one that offers a realistically rendered seatback trays." Airplane Mode is expected to release this fall on PC and Mac with a TBD price.

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QuantumPhysics

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They should "simulate" Business class on Emirates A380 like I took from JFK to Dubai and then Seychelles. 12hr:30mn 1st flight and 4hr:30mn second.

You alternate between eating, sleeping and watching movies...one quick trip to the shower

Unlimited food and alcohol - with a bar where you can walk to, sit and talk with everyone else who maxed out their credit cards to avoid being in economy.

I will also say: Airbus' A380's economy is WAY better than Boeing's.
 

mbrowne5061

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They should "simulate" Business class on Emirates A380 like I took from JFK to Dubai and then Seychelles. 12hr:30mn 1st flight and 4hr:30mn second.

You alternate between eating, sleeping and watching movies...one quick trip to the shower

Unlimited food and alcohol - with a bar where you can walk to, sit and talk with everyone else who maxed out their credit cards to avoid being in economy.

I will also say: Airbus' A380's economy is WAY better than Boeing's.
Pretty much every Airbus cabin is better than the equivalent Boeing cabin. You also get a nice bonus with the Airbus planes also staying in the air, too.

But, back to the game, I better be able to get out of my seat and pick fights with the other passengers.
 

candle_86

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Pretty much every Airbus cabin is better than the equivalent Boeing cabin. You also get a nice bonus with the Airbus planes also staying in the air, too.

But, back to the game, I better be able to get out of my seat and pick fights with the other passengers.
I dunno man when I fly it's also on an Airbus a321 and it's cramped.
 

VBKing

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...But, back to the game, I better be able to get out of my seat and pick fights with the other passengers.
Will we also be able to converse with others sitting near us? Will there be an online version so you meet / talk with other real people from across the globe? Will you be able to flirt with someone you find interesting? Will you be able to join the Mile-high Club? Will there be a VR mode? Will the "souvenir prize" vomit bag work?

So many possibilities for the next update.
 

Shadowboxer

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If it’s got a window seat you can’t leave to go to the toilet until ask a grouchy sleepy man with bad BO if they can move first.
 

Shadowboxer

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They should "simulate" Business class on Emirates A380 like I took from JFK to Dubai and then Seychelles. 12hr:30mn 1st flight and 4hr:30mn second.

You alternate between eating, sleeping and watching movies...one quick trip to the shower

Unlimited food and alcohol - with a bar where you can walk to, sit and talk with everyone else who maxed out their credit cards to avoid being in economy.

I will also say: Airbus' A380's economy is WAY better than Boeing's.
Before the pandemic I used to fly a lot, an average of 40 flights a year. And I prefer Boeing for one main reason, the noise. Airbus is more comfortable in most ways but they whine and it drives me insane. Boeing planes have a lower pitched rumble and is much easier to handle.
 

QuantumPhysics

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Before the pandemic I used to fly a lot, an average of 40 flights a year. And I prefer Boeing for one main reason, the noise. Airbus is more comfortable in most ways but they whine and it drives me insane. Boeing planes have a lower pitched rumble and is much easier to handle.


I found the A380-800 to be less noisy that the 747.
 

Shadowboxer

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I found the A380-800 to be less noisy that the 747.
Yes they are quieter for sure actually. But the whine is too high pitched! I would always choose Boeing if possible although I don’t care that much.

Actually I thought the 787 was a lot better than the A350 tbh. The A380 is better than a 747 though. Actually I haven’t seen a 747 for a while.
 

QuantumPhysics

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Yes they are quieter for sure actually. But the whine is too high pitched! I would always choose Boeing if possible although I don’t care that much.

Actually I thought the 787 was a lot better than the A350 tbh. The A380 is better than a 747 though. Actually I haven’t seen a 747 for a while.

I have a video of me in Business Class on a PAL A350-900 sitting directly in front of the starboard engine.

You talking about NOISE???

I did that for a total of 32 hours...

I can still hear it in my mind
 
They should make this part of an online mode in the new Flight Simulator. At the end you can rate the pilots performance for ride comfort and also give a score for the entertainment chosen for the flight and food and such as a bonus. Of course you would need to be able to interact with other passengers and the pilot would need to make appropriate announcements.