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Flight attendants will likely use the smartphones to handle credit card transactions when travelers buy beverages and snacks. United Airlines has other customer-facing uses planned for the iPhone 6 Plus, but flight attendants will also use the phone for internal activities, like checking company email and accessing manuals. In fact, UA plans to replace the printed safety manual with a digital version for the iPhone.
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United Airlines is also planning to develop tools for the iPhone 6 Plus that will help airline attendants report problems and request repairs, but it gave few details about whether they will be in the form of iOS apps or browser-based tools.
The airline stressed that the addition of the iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t mark the end of the iPad pilot it has been running since 2011. The company still uses iPads onboard and has recently upgraded to the iPad Air 2 as part of its plan to make its aircraft paperless.