JetBlue Adds Apple Pay for InFlight Purchases

With many airlines accepting only credit cards these days, I'm glad to see jetBlue getting onboard with Apple Pay. Bravo! And in a few months, we'll be paying with our Apple Watches! ^_^

Starting next week, passengers on select JetBlue Airways flights can use Apple Pay on their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets to buy food, drinks and certain onboard amenities when the plane reaches cruising altitude. You'll be able to upgrade to available premium seats, too.

Update: Looks like a new app will go along the iPad minis too! Way to utilize tech jetBlue!

Apple Pay in the air, JetBlue will deploy iPad minis and NFC-enabled cases to more than 3,500 inflight crewmembers. In addition to the cases with Apple Pay compatibility, each iPad mini will be loaded with a custom-designed iOS app — The Inflight Service Assistant — which will give inflight crewmembers access to customer manifest and flight data to provide the best experience possible to JetBlue customers.

Why No NFC?

Why NFC still isn't on an Apple's latest iDevice?

NFC has not delivered, and Apple has no incentive to change that. By shipping NFC in the current climate, Apple would implicitly take responsibility for making that technology a success.

The only people who I ever hear complain about its absence or tout the NFC features in some of today's Android devices are those that are heavily into technology. Otherwise, the average joe / plain jane just doesn't give a hoot. Even with Starbucks implementing their mobile apps and scanners, besides me, I have yet to see the morning customer use their phone to pay.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for advancing NFC but it seem like WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 is getting the job done.

via Apple Outsider