ApplePay Takes Flight, Lands at Starbucks

February 13, 2015

in Travel Tech

  • SumoMe

Using a credit card to pay for in-flight purchases such as meals and beverages isn’t new. It’s been in use by airlines for over five years.

(Thomas Kohler Flickr Photo)

(Thomas Kohler Flickr Photo)

But up until now, owners of the iPhone 6 models have only been able to use the phones’ ApplePay mobile payment system at land-based merchants whose card readers work with that payment system.

This week, JetBlue announced that it will be the first U.S. airline to accept ApplePay on board its aircraft.

This is how it will work.

As this USA Today video shows, JetBlue flight attendants will have use specially designed iPad Mini tablets that will allow passengers to make their in-flight purchases with Apple Pay or traditional credit (and presumably debit) cards.

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 Time (and other news outlets) reports that next week JetBlue will begin to accept ApplePay on flights between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), and on all Jet Blue fights by June of 2015.

Mashable says that JetBlue passengers will also be able to use the ApplePay function via the Apple Watch (which goes on sale in April), as long as they own an iPhone model “5″ or newer.

And if want a cuppa joe because your flight is delayed or cancelled, you can use ApplePay at a Starbucks airport location if you’ve got the Starbucks app on your iPhone.

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