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British Airways teams up with Designworks for electronic bag tags that nab info from your smartphone
Tired of ripping off those old luggage tags after a trip? Well, those could be a thing of the past if all goes according to plan — at least when flying British Airways. The airline cooked up an electronic bag tag that looks to discard the paper version with the help of the folks at Designworks. Once passengers have checked in, they simply need to hover a smartphone over the tag to beam (via NFC, we’d surmise) both flight info and the requisite barcode to the tag’s display. The idea behind the whole thing isn’t only to keep the paper-changing to a minimum, but to also save precious time at the check-in counter. A live trial of the tagging gadget is planned, so we’ll soon be able to see if the concept stands up to baggage handlers.
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Australia’s JetStar Airways takes the training wheels off iPad rental program, wants the tablet ‘on every aircraft’
Here’s a quick and easy way to escape the mediocrity of those tiny low-res LCDs embedded in the seat in front of you: slap down 10 Australian dollars and upgrade to the iPad’s IPS goodness for the duration of your Jetstar Airways flight. This rental option has been available on the Australian airline’s flights since June, but only in pilot form (insert your own jokes here), and the feedback has been good enough for the company to make it a fleet-wide policy. “Movies, music, magazines, books and games” will all come preloaded, so you shouldn’t fret about having to shell out extra hunting around for content. Licensing agreements are expected to be finalized shortly, with the rental program rolling out in full this April.
Wish you had an iPad to entertain you during your flight? Fly Jetstar. Bluebox only announced the idea two weeks ago and already it’s slated to hit Australia at the end of the month. Quantas budget carrier Jetstar Airways will hold a trial of the service in the last two weeks of June, where they will hand out iPads to passengers on flights 90 minutes or longer for the equivalent of $10.
If a success, they will extend the service to their entire network. In the meantime, enjoy your inflight movie.
I wonder how they will prevent theft.
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We heard last summer that 2010 would be the year for US Airways to gain in-flight internet, and sure enough, America’s worst legacy airline has made good on said promise. As of now, a grand total of five Airbus A321 planes are equipped with Gogo, and if you’re lucky enough to end up on one, you’ll get a single free session through June 1st provided that you’re a first-time Gogo user. Speaking of early June, that’s when all 51 of the outfit’s A321’s will be lit with WiFi, and better still, you’ll be able to see right away if your flight will be wired (or unwired, as it were) at the time of booking. There’s no mention of expansion plans beyond that, and we still haven’t received an apology for refusing us a gratis glass of water on a 6.5 hour flight in August of 2008. No, we’re not bitter. At all.
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