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Can you use the Kindle Fire on an airplane?

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Initial post: Oct 30, 2011 10:42:02 AM PDT
S. Santos says:
I have 2 questions...
The first is can you use the Kindle Fire on an airplane? I know they restrict wifi access but if we download a movie would we be able to watch it.
The second question is I have Prime and you can share your account. My daughter also wants a Kindle Fire would she also get the free movies?
I hope someone can give me the answers for this before I make my purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 10:45:43 AM PDT
You can use the Fire wherever you can use a computer, so you can use it on a plane, but not during takeoff and landing when all electronic devices have to be turned off.

Can't help with the other question.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 10:47:48 AM PDT
A. noble says:
Hi there,
Yes you can use your Kindle or any other electronic device on board the aircraft except for the first and last 10 minutes. If you're lucky enough to be on an aircraft with wifi you can access that also. (usually with a fee). On an aircraft without wifi the device must be in airplane mode so no signal is being sent.

I hope this answered part of your question.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 11:05:19 AM PDT
Olga says:
You cannot watch streaming movies from your Netflix or Amazon Prime account on an airplane.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 11:25:35 AM PDT
Carbonbased says:
While you can't stream content while not connected, Amazon rents and sells digital content...different than the Prime content. IIRC, you download a rental and have 30 days to start watching. After opening the file, you have 24 or 48 hours to watch and rewatch before it goes away. Go to the Amazon Instant Video store at: to see what options are available.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 11:29:40 AM PDT
Peasorama says:
As long as you've downloaded the content (as you mentioned) then you would be able to access it and view it without the WiFi on anywhere. The Prime Instant Videos can be viewed or "streamed" by two devices registered to the same account simultaneously (it might even be 3...I will try to find the page I read this on and post a link.)

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 11:47:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 30, 2011 11:55:16 AM PDT
Peasorama says:
Found this link very useful:
Video limitations: If you are an active Prime member, you can watch a Prime instant video as many times as you would like; however, you may only simultaneously watch two videos from the same account. And as Carbonbased pointed out, Prime Instant (the free content) is not available to download for viewing later, but you could rent or purchase it. However rented videos are limited to one device at a time: " Once you have downloaded a rental video to an Android tablet device, you may not download that video to another device or simultaneously watch it on more than one device using the same account. However, you may start watching a downloaded video on your Android tablet device and later stream that video on another compatible device (as long as it isn't playing simultaneously on more than once device).
Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 11:51:12 AM PDT
Lynn S says:
Can you use the Kindle Fire to stores photos?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 12:06:28 PM PDT
Peasorama says:
Yes. You would need to transfer them to the Fire via a USB connection or when you have WiFi access you can download and upload photos from the Cloud server (you would have had to upload the photos to the Cloud from your computer previously) to the Fire. I am interested in seeing what Apps will be availabe for photo viewing / editing.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 1:00:03 PM PST
BusterBeans says:
So could I use my Kindle Fire to watch instant videos I had already purchased and read purchased newspaper subscriptions while in Mexico?

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 10:10:54 AM PST
I downloaded movies to my kindle fire but was unable to watch them in flight it kept prompting
me to access wi ri but as soon as I was in the airport I was able to watch the movies without wifi

Posted on May 6, 2012 6:25:01 AM PDT
How can you watch movies from kindle fire in the airplane? Iv tried but cant.I see other people watching movies from their ipad in the plane. Is there some kind of link? HELP

Posted on May 6, 2012 6:31:12 AM PDT
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Posted on May 6, 2012 6:43:12 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
I've watched movies on my Kindle Fire on an airplane in flight.

What I do is download them from

before I leave.

Those are public domain and free, which works well when I travel.

You should also be able to watch movies from Amazon you have downloaded to the device. You will typically have paid for those, either purchasing them or paying to rent them. I haven't tried that, but I will the next time I fly.

Yes, if your daughter's Fire is registered to the same account which has an eligible Prime account, she will also be able to use the free Prime streaming videos. That doesn't have an impact on downloaded plane viewing, just to be clear.

Posted on May 6, 2012 7:07:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 6, 2012 7:07:34 AM PDT
Maria P says:
I don't have wi-fi at home (have to drive 7 miles to McD's for the nearest wi-fi) but I just bought two Kindle Fires to replace our recently broken portable DVD players. We travel a lot and I am NOT going to attempt this without video entertainment.

What I have done is convert DVD to MP4 on my PC and then sideload the movie to the Kindle via USB. I put them in the video folder. I then could not find the movies but thanks to a patient customer service rep, I found them in the Gallery. The movies play fine and the kids will be entertained. Only complaint is that the thumbnail in the gallery is too small for me to see and I am worried about my 7 year old getting frustrated trying to find her movie.

If anyone knows how to solve this, I would be very grateful.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2012 9:22:34 AM PDT
BusterBeans says:
You need to download (free, rent or buy) movies to your Kindle since very few airplanes have wifi service. Make sure they are downloaded onto the "device" and not "cloud" if you want to watch without wifi services.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 11:35:57 AM PDT
e. murray says:
Yeah i was wondering this as well. Im goin on a plane tmrow and i want to know if i would be able to use my kindle fire on the airplane

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 11:41:31 AM PDT
Yes, you can, but not anything that requires active WiFi connection (unless you're on one of the relatively few flights that has WiFi, which of course is never free)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 1:42:36 PM PDT
jsh1120 says:
Even if you have wifi on a flight my experience is that it works fine for streaming audio but the speed is inadequate for streaming video.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 1:46:48 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
e., I've used my Fire on an airplane several times.

I download what I want before I go. That includes books, apps, audio (i like listening to Old Time Radio on planes) and magazines. I usually download some free videos from as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 6:19:08 PM PDT
thank you. i've been wondering about the use of the kindle fire on an plane.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 9:20:47 AM PDT
Traci Conine says:
I just purchased the new Kindle fire HD and when the box came in the mail it had a sticker across the box that said "primary lithium battery - forbidden on passenger aircraft". Does this mean I can not take this on an airplane when I fly?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2013 9:40:43 AM PDT
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