Delta debuts contactless payment onboard

The airline is investing in touchless features throughout the travel journey and testing digital seatback menus on select international flights.

Starting March 16, tap-to-pay technology will enable contactless payment for onboard purchases. Passengers will be able to purchase earbuds on board using their mobile devices or contactless-enabled credit cards. Contactless payment will expand to all onboard sales as more food and beverage options return. The new system also allows for emailed receipts. 

The airline is also testing digital seatback menus on select international flights with plans to expand the feature across its fleet. A new electronic Delta One menu, currently accessible via personal seatback screens on A330-operated flights between Boston and Amsterdam, will reduce waste, streamline service and allow flight attendants to connect with passengers more safely.  

Delta continues to expand touchless innovations throughout the travel journey. Passengers can enjoy a touchless check-in experience using the Fly Delta App, with more features to take the guesswork out of travel coming soon. In onboard lavatories, touchless faucets, flush levers and waste lids reduce touchpoints on the highest-use surfaces while anti-microbial lighting for sinks and countertops provides added protection. These solutions are in place on many Delta aircraft, including the Airbus A350, Airbus A330-900, Boeing 767-400 and Boeing 757. Other aircraft types will be retrofitted with some of these features later this year.  

The company is also expanding touchless features to help move passengers through the airport faster and more easily. In partnership with Transportation Security Administration, Delta recently launched its first facial recognition option for domestic passengers in Detroit to help move pasengers through the Edward H. McNamara Terminal’s dedicated TSA PreCheck domestic checkpoint. This builds on Delta’s existing facial recognition option for any passenger traveling to an international destination from DTW.  

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