British Airways pilots iPad 2 for cabin crew

Summary:Cabin staff on British Airways planes are testing out the use of Apple's iPad 2 tablet instead of paper during flights.The airline has handed out the iPad 2s to 100 of its cabin crew, the company said on Wednesday.

Cabin staff on British Airways planes are testing out the use of Apple's iPad 2 tablet instead of paper during flights.

The airline has handed out the iPad 2s to 100 of its cabin crew, the company said on Wednesday. If the trial goes well, the tablets will be issued to all of British Airways' senior crew members.

The iPads, connected to a wireless 3G network, let staff access information on passenger names, seat allocations, dietary preferences and other customer details. In addition, they can be used to see timetables, safety manuals and status updates such as whether the plane doors are closed.

British Airways plans to use the iPads to replace the paper passenger lists used by crew members at the moment. In addition, staff can use them to alert ground crew to problems with the preparation for the flight.

Topics: Tech Industry

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