CinemaSins (a YouTube channel of movie critiques) often points out movies that 'instantly make themselves unavailable for in-flight viewing due to plane-crash sequence' (e.g. their review of Fight Club).

Is this true; are there guidelines that major carriers follow for entertainment selection? Are depicted incidents with private craft (e.g. a Cessna) okay?

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    – drat
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    A bit offtopic but… I remember I made a long trip in a bus a few years ago (in Europe), and the whole topic of a projected movie was the crash of a bus in a tunnel. I thought at this time the movie was not very well chosen.
    – Einenlum
    Oct 24, 2014 at 8:37
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    I suspect this is somewhat dated; the types of movies shown (and violence levels) seems to have broadened since passengers have their own screens and can self-censor what they see.
    – Oddthinking
    May 11, 2020 at 19:00
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    @fredsbend: I feel sure I have seen such a movie on an individual screen, but can't recall the details. I can also recall seeing a Bruce Willis action movie about 25 years ago that the whole cabin could see that had so much of the violent parts edited out, the plot made no sense. I wondered why they hadn't just made a movie selection that didn't need to be butchered to get it to a G rating.
    – Oddthinking
    May 12, 2020 at 8:19

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I'm not aware of entire movies being rejected, but scenes can get deleted. This happened with "Rain Man". From Uneasy Airlines Get Final Cut on 'Rain Man'

Passengers on at least 15 different airlines have been treated to Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise's Academy Award-winning road trip in "Rain Man" since the beginning of June, but the crucial scene that propels them on their highway odyssey in the first place has been edited right out of the picture.


"I think it's a key scene to the entire movie. That's why it's in there," Levinson told the Associated Press. "Without that scene, it comes down to this: You basically lose an enormous impact of the film. That scene tells you that they, mechanically, are forced to drive across country and, secondly, that Charlie can only push Raymond so far because he knows what will happen."

And at least a passenger organisation (not an airline organisation) has guidelines about this. From Curious cuts to in-flight films

The Airline Passenger Experience Association sets out a quick checklist of standards of what’s considered appropriate mid-air viewing: “No airline crash scenes or references to airline disasters; caution in depicting or referencing terrorism or; no nudity/sex scenes; no profanity; no racist comments or denigrating references to cultures, religions, or nationalities; caution in depicting violence, drug and physical abuse.

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