You Now Use Apple Pay at 35,000 Feet, Thanks to JetBlue
Some exciting news has been shared by Apple and JetBlue, don’t worry it has nothing to do with iPlane. Here’s what’s going on: starting next week, select JetBlue Airways flights will allow passengers to use Apple Pay onboard.
Passengers know how difficult it can be sometimes to pay for drinks, food etc., as your wallet or purse is tucked away in your bags. To make payments easy, Apple and JetBlue have collaborated to allow payments through Apple Pay during a flight.
Apple pay can be used via your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as soon as the plane reaches a cruising altitude. That’s around 30 to 35 thousand feet. With this initiative, JetBlue has become the first of its kind to use Apple Pay in such a manner.
However, depending on its popularity, it certainly won’t be the last. Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president for Internet software and services, said: “Somebody else doing it always puts pressure on the other guy.”
This will definitely make things easier for many passengers across the globe. However, if you think Apple will stop here, think again!
In the near future, in addition to Apple’s iPhone 6, users will be able to make payments via Apple Watch. The watch goes on sale in April, and passengers will be able to use the same feature via the Apple Watch as well. That’s really cool, don’t you think?
For Apple and JetBlue, “the sky is definitely not the limit when it comes to mobile payments with Apple Pay.”
Speaking of JetBlue, the company has outfitted over 3,500 crew members with iPad Minis having NFC enabled cases, so they can use the Apple Pay feature. In addition, each of these iPads will come with a pre-installed Inflight Service Assistant app. This will give crew members instant access to passenger manifest and flight data.
Now here’s how it will works during the flight. After placing your order, you will have to raise the iPhone close to flight attendant’s iPad. During this, you will be required to put your thumb on the TouchID fingerprint scanner on your phone. In addition, these FCC approved iPads can also accept payments via credit cards.
If you wish to know more, visit the official JetBlue website.
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