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In-Flight Purchases: Cash or credit?

While many airlines are still cash-only, starting in June 2009 American Airlines will join several domestic carriers—including United, Alaska, JetBlue, AirTran, Midwest, Southwest, and Virgin America—in processing only credit and debit cards for midflight trans-actions. According to Tim Smith, American’s director of national media relations, the new policy makes traveling easier for both passengers and flight attendants by eliminating the need to carry and count money. And the numbers show that passengers prefer plastic to greenbacks—some airlines have seen in-flight spending nearly double since launching cashless cabins.

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