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Old Jan 25, 05, 3:50 pm
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sluggoaafa
 
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Originally Posted by wahooflyer
How does the device authorize a credit card from 35,000 feet? Does it send out some sort of radio signal?

If it can't determine whether a card is valid while in flight, passengers can use cancelled or maxed-out cards to get their IFE for free on AA. (Not that I'm advocating this).
The devices get carted off after every flight, then sent back to the Airbase company to get cleaned, uploaded with new information, and download the credit card info. At that point, the card will be charged, and receipts emailed to those that want receipts.

I'm sure most people who would like to use them, i.e. the business traveler, would have good credit and they wouldn't have to worry about cancelled or maxed-out cards.
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