JetBlue will soon let you buy in the sky with Apple Pay

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Mariella Moon
February 10, 2015 12:43 PM
JetBlue will soon let you buy in the sky with Apple Pay

There will soon be one more place where you can purchase goods with Apple Pay, and for the first time, it's located 35,000 feet in the sky: a JetBlue airplane. The company is in the process of replacing its old in-flight payment systems with iPad minis that can accept mobile payments from iPhones 6 and 6 Plus. And yes, you can use the option to buy food, booze and even upgrade to an empty premium seat, in case you're struck with the need to treat yourself: just place the phone with your thumb on the home key near the flight attendant's iPad mini. Apple believes this won't be the last time an airline welcomes Apple Pay on board either, so if you don't fly JetBlue, well, you may want to cross your fingers that your favorite carrier follows suit.

The airline will start making the option available to passengers flying between JFK to/from San Francisco and Los Angeles airports next week; more routes will follow in March until it reaches all the company's planes by June. In addition, JetBlue will accept payments made via the Apple Watch once the device starts shipping in April, so you don't even have to take out your phone. Loyal to Android? The carrier promised that Google Wallet and other mobile payment systems will also be available "down the road" -- whatever that means. We're glad airlines are starting to offer mobile payments (because cramped economy seats sure make it hard to get your wallet), but we feel bad for impulse shoppers (and spendy drunks), as well. Guess you'll just have to lock your phones in the overhead compartment and sit on your hands the whole way.

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