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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)
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