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Continental shifting toward cashless cabin

Continental Airlines Inc. said Monday that credit and debit cards will be accepted for purchases onboard most its aircraft starting Tuesday.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Continental Airlines Inc. said Monday that credit and debit cards will be accepted for purchases onboard most its aircraft starting Tuesday.

Flight attendants will use new hand-held devices to process the card payments for purchases of alcoholic beverages and headsets. Houston-based Continental said in a statement that the new cashless system will be available on all Continental Airlines mainline flights, except for service to and from China.

Cash is still being accepted for duty-free purchases, which are available on international flights.

Cash also is still being accepted on Continental Express, Continental Connection and Continental Micronesia flights. Continental is on track to switch to a cashless cabin on those flights in the first quarter of 2010.