Delta Set to Go Cashless Onboard

On December 1, Delta will officially switch to cashless cabins, meaning passengers who wish to make a purchase onboard must use a credit card. The change applies to all Delta and Northwest mainline aircraft on flights within North America, including Mexico, Central America, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.

Delta says the change will expedite the onboard payment process, but is that really true? Is it quicker to swipe a credit card and wait for the reader to do its thing, or are we talking about the same 10 to 15 seconds it takes to count change? Seems like we're splitting hairs. More likely, Delta (and the rest of the industry) is making the change out of pure convenience—no pocketfuls of change for the flight attendants, no haphazard accounting when the flight lands.

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But is it convenient for passengers? Most people carry debit cards nowadays, so I doubt there are too many instances of someone wanting a sandwich but lacking a card. But you never know. Tell me what you think in the comment section below. Thanks!

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