A few weeks ago a bunch of us Sugar folk flew down to Los Angeles for a very geek-chic party on Virgin America.

It was the first time some of us had flown the relatively new airline (it launched in August 2007) and we took full advantage of the plane's Red inflight system by instant messaging one another and playing around with the onboard games. While we had fun chatting, we concluded the system still needs a bit of work (adding passengers to the chat wasn't exactly intuitive) and after about a half hour we went back to talking to one another.

I didn't realize how exciting the system, which includes 25 on-demand movies, live TV, video games, Google maps, 3,000 MP3s and seat-to-seat chat via a nine-inch video touchscreen, really is until I took another airline this weekend and went back to the old-school way of flying. You know, staring at the back of the chair in front of me.

Have you tested the Red system and if so, what do you think of it?