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Passengers who want to buy entertainment while flying Southwest Airlines will no longer need to retrieve their wallets first. Find out more.

Passengers who want to buy entertainment while flying Southwest Airlines will no longer need to retrieve their wallets first.

The Dallas-based carrier announced this week that Pay With Amazon is available on its aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi.

So Southwest passengers now have the option to purchase access to Wi-Fi, messaging apps and movies using Pay With Amazon, which is Amazon.com’s competitor to PayPal.

Passengers who choose this option will be directed to log into Southwest’s in-flight entertainment portal with their Amazon account credentials — rather than pulling out a credit card and entering their card information — to complete their purchases.

A Southwest spokesperson tells CNN Money:

“We saw an opportunity to provide something customers are accustomed to using.”

Southwest’s in-flight entertainment portal can be accessed via an Internet browser on laptops, tablets and smartphones, according to the company’s website.

The entertainment portal provides passengers access to:

  • TV channels and on-demand TV episodes (free)
  • Satellite-based Wi-Fi ($8 per day)
  • Messaging apps like iMessage, WhatsApp and Viber ($2 per day)
  • Movies ($5 per movie)
  • NFL RedZone ($4 per day)

Do you spend money on entertainment options like these when flying? How would you prefer to pay for them? Let us know in a comment below or on our Facebook page.

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