Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Southwest Airlines goes cashless

As of September 9, Southwest Airlines will no longer accept cash for onboard purchases. If you want to buy a drink on board the airplane, the flight attendant will require your credit card, debit card, or your frequent-flier coupons.

The Dallas-based airline will equip all its aircraft with hand-held credit card devices in a move to ease the payments and reduce the hassle for flight attendants.

Southwest joins a growing list of carriers that have introduced plastic-only payments, including US Airways which introduced cashless cabins last month.

1 comment:

Steve said...

The following is printed on every US currency note:

"This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private."

SWA's appears to be a violation of Federal law.

SWA will say that it is too much trouble to make change. Maybe so. But, there is no law that says they have to make change. There is just a law that says they have to accept US currency.

Anyone who has ever purchased a drink on an airplane knows that they need to have the correct change. If they do not, they deserve to pay ten or twenty dollars for a drink.