US Airlines Introduce Apple Pay

16 March 2015

Forgot your wallet but can't do without that packet of pretzels? No worries if you're flying JetBlue Airways in the United States.

JetBlue has become the first airline to accept Apple Pay in flight, paving the way for other airlines to follow suit.

Apple Pay is a service available for iPhone 6, iPad and Apple Watch owners (as of April this year), which allows you to make purchases wirelessly through your personal device. It's 'your wallet, without the wallet.'

 In-flight cash will soon be a thing of the past.

American low-cost carrier JetBlue is the first to welcome the contactless payment on select flights between New York–Los Angeles and New York–San Francisco, with all flights to be set up for Apple Pay by June.

"The sky is definitely not the limit when it comes to mobile payments with Apple Pay," said Marty St. George, JetBlue's senior vice president. "Customers want an easy and fast transaction when they decide to make an onboard purchase so that they can get back to enjoying their flight."

For JetBlue to accept Apple Pay, all crewmembers will be equipped with iPad Minis, dressed in special cases that can receive payment. The iPads will also feature a customised operating system called Inflight Service Assistant, which can access passenger data and flight information.

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