My wife and I are planning a trip to Ireland for the early fall and are looking for flights from Boston to Ireland. So far we've found really good direct flights from Boston to Shannon on American Airlines (AA) and Aer Lingus (AL). From what I've read on some travel-oriented forums (infrequent posts, mostly complaints) neither airline is a stunning performer, to put it mildly. The AA flight would be on a 757 and I'm pretty sure there would be no seat-back entertainment screens. I'm pretty sure you get meals complimentary, but you have to pay for the booze. On AL, I think it's the same situation (no personal screens, free "meal", pay for liquor). I've flown AA domestically many times and it is run of the mill, ho-hum service. I'm not sure I want that for a 6 hour transatlantic flight. I've only flown main-line European carriers on these flights in the past (and certainly appreciated the freeze booze, entertainment units, etc.), but I'm trying to be a little more price-conscious now. Does anyone have significant positive or negative experiences with these two airlines on cross-ocean flights? In one sense the flight is only a means of getting to the real trip--driving around Ireland!--so I think I'm willing to do without some of the niceties I've had in the past... unless someone screams "don't do it!" Oh, and does Aer Lingus finally allow iPods to be used in-flight? Thanks everyone!