United Airlines to Equip Flight Attendants With iPhone 6 Plus

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    United Airlines today announced that it plans to distribute Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus to more than 23,000 of its flight attendants during the second quarter of 2015.

    The phones will be able to handle "most onboard retail transactions" such as food and drink purchases, and will allow flight attendants to access their email, the United.com website, the United Airlines Intranet, plus policies and procedures manuals.

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    In the future, the iPhone 6 Plus devices used by flight attendants will replace printed safety manuals with electronic versions, allowing for real-time reporting and access to aircraft cabin issues and repairs. United will also develop customer-focused tools to be used on the iPhones.

    United Airlines has been an eager adopter of Apple technology in the past, becoming one of the first airlines to distribute iPads to pilots to replace heavy flight bags of navigational charts and other flight materials in 2011. United is planning to renew that program, replacing the original iPads with Apple's newest iPad Air 2 devices.

    In addition to rolling out iPhone 6 Plus devices to flight attendants, United is also in the midst of terminal renovations at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, which will see upgrades that include iPads for customer use.

    Currently, supply of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus remains somewhat constrained, with new devices shipping in three to five business days. By mid-2015, however, Apple should have reached supply/demand balance, making it possible for companies like United to deploy the devices on a large-scale basis.

    Article Link: United Airlines to Equip Flight Attendants With iPhone 6 Plus
     
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

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    now my steak is going to take 2x longer to arrive at my seat.
     
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    They do this instead of lowering prices. Summer flights to Europe have never been more expensive.
     
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    Is that a relative of Thing holding the phone? ;)

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    Hm...just booked LAX-BER, BER-LAX for $680 in May.
     
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    Nah.... It's steak@2x - retina quality steak. Extra marbling. And First Class gets steak@3x :)
     
  10. elmateo487 macrumors 6502a

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    Its rude to talk poorly of that giant handed lady!!!
     
  11. soheilk macrumors member

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    Why iPhone and not an iPad mini if they will not use any cellular aspect of the phone?
     
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    Presumably the phablet form factor (i.e mini Ipad mini) is more convenient.
     
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    "They can also play games, check Facebook and Twitter, and basically do everything to avoid dealing with annoying passengers. We will even throw in some Beats noise-cancelling headphones so they can drown out the sound of crying babies that just won’t shut up."
     
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    United flight attendants just got 10X hotter. Oh, too far?
     
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    I'm sure the FAA has been the delaying factor in this getting off the ground -- literally! :cool:
     
  17. Mike MA macrumors 68000

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    This flight attendant is indeed having some long arms :D
     
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    Maybe United can send videos to their fight attendants teaching them how to "treat passengers with respect and dignity" instead of crapping all over them at any opportunity.
     
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    What a waste of such a powerful device for accessing manuals and "retail transactions" :rolleyes:

    PR stunt
     
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    Hand doesn't match body or does work UA Freakshow?
     
  21. The Oak macrumors 6502

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    The 6+ is required versus the 6 because the 6+ has the optical image stabilization (versus just digital). The flight attendant cannot take a decent picture during turbulence without it ;)
     
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    It would be nice if they could engineer the iPhone 6 Pluses that UAL receives to be able to be Apple Pay receivers so I didn't have to take out my wallet to buy a snack box or a drink. Although I'm sure they'll just stick the phone in some case that accepts swiped payments since they say the phone will be able to be used for "most onboard transactions".
     
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    Would have been better if they purchased 1st gen iPad Mini
     
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    The only thing in focus is the phone and the HAND.

    But it will be cool if can Apple Pay the ridiculously expensive beverages.
     
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