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Flights are continuing to fall in price as more people are taking to the skies.

This comes at a cost to passengers, with cuts meaning smaller seats and removal of in-flight meals to ensure the lowest possible price on the market.

It might not be the only change in the aviation industry, with the in-flight entertainment screens with access to films and TV shows also being the next to go.

Long-haul passengers may struggle to pass the time during the flight.

According to Dan McKone, managing director and head of travel and transportation practice at consulting firm L.E.K, these screens come at a price.

They can cost as much as $10,000 (£7,359) each, as well as making the seats much bulkier and taking up more room on a flight.

He explained: “Some airlines are looking at this from the standpoint of cost savings by removing the hardware.

“They reduce the weight of the aircraft, and they reduce the expense associated with maintaining that equipment.”

As technology improves, more passengers are choosing to travel with a variety of electronic devices, which they can use to watch the in-flight entertainment instead.

Airlines such as Norwegian Air offer a service which can stream programmes directly to the device using the free WiFi with the website stating: “Just bring your own device, connect and surf away. “

This does pose its own problems such as not being able to use the device for other purposes or it draining the battery, something that will need to be addressed.

McKone agreed that more domestic flights will be offering this service to cut costs: “I think you’re going to continue to see increasing economic pressure not to replace in-flight entertainment, particularly on the shorter-haul fleets.”

A survey by On The Beach found that British holidaymakers would happily give up in-flight entertainment if it meant getting cheaper flights.

Asking 1,000 Britons, a whopping 40 per cent would be happy to get rid of it altogether if it meant getting a better deal.

Other items they would be happy to remove included the airline magazine (57 per cent), complimentary food (43 per cent) and airline seats that didn’t recline (27 per cent).

Only five per cent would be happy with smaller seats for cheaper tickets.