September 12th, 2014
As Apple has moved to support contactless EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) payments on the new iPhone 6 via near-field communications (NFC), there is renewed discussion amongst ‘passenger experience’ industry stakeholders about supporting this functionality on in-seat inflight entertainment systems.
So it’s only when Apple shakes the tree that we get some kind of proper involvement by “industry stakeholders”?
Remind me again why many passengers are almost never truly satisfied with their on-board experiences?
While Apple Pay also relies on NFC for contactless EMV payments, the new methodology of the payment process is what raises eyebrows. Credit card fraud is a known issue with various airlines, specifically those that do not use a connected system for live verification.
We should learn more about Apple Pay after its introduction in the US next month (October). In the meantime, this New York Times article, shedding more light on the efforts leading up to the creation of Apple Pay, makes for some informative reading.