Now boarding: JetBlue accepting Apple Pay on flights

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On your next JetBlue flight, you’ll need your photo identification and boarding pass but you can leave the credit cards behind. That’s because the airline will be the first to accept Apple Pay in-flight for any purchases made on board select flights, starting next week, according to USA Today‘s Ed Baig.

Flight attendants will use specially-equipped iPad Minis to accept payments, Baig reported on Tuesday. The tablets will have small card reader attachments for magnetic card swipes so Apple Pay won’t be an exclusive payment type on the planes. When Apple debuts the Apple Watch in April, [company]JetBlue[/company] will also accept payments from customers wearing one; [company]Apple[/company]’s smartwatch includes an NFC chip, just the way the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets do.

This development isn’t all that surprising, because airlines have been adopting Apple technology for several years. United, for example, ordered 11,000 iPads in 2011 after the…

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