The Parents Television Council targets airlines for inappropriate in-flight entertainment
- Written by Bonnie McKeena
The Parents Television Council is a nonpartisan, education organization advocating responsible entertainment. The national organization has 48 chapters and claims more that one million members in the U.S. The PTC works with entertainment producers, elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. The PTC also publishes research documenting sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. Last month, the PTC spoke at an American Airlines shareholders meeting, calling on the airline to ensure that flights are full of family-friendly entertainment. "The shareholders all seemed interested in what I had to say regarding in-flight entertainment," said Glen Erickson, director of PTC corporate relations. "At the conclusion of my talk, Gerald Arpey, the chairman and CEO of American, said to me, 'Glen, if you see inappropriate programming on our airline, we will change it.'" "I told the shareholders we are not trying to change how movies are shown, we are just seeking to offer input into the type of entertainment shown on the airplane," he added. Some airplanes have personal entertainment monitors that allow children to watch whatever they wish and on others there is a common monitor that parents cannot control. "We are trying to begin a dialog with all the airlines to establish a baseline for entertainment programming. We are seeking some accommodation in that the entertainment shown on the common monitors should not offend the sensibilities," Erickson said. The PTC claims that they receive numerous letters, e-mails and phone calls daily, begging the PTC to ask the airlines to clean up their in-flight entertainment. "Our biggest concern with the entertainment is the incredible amount of violence, profanity and explicit sex, in that order, that is contained in some of the programs. We know that we can't stop all of it, we are just asking that the airlines stop to consider who is utilizing their entertainment programs," Erickson concluded. For additional information on the PTC, visit www.parentstv.org.