As HP drops out of the tablet race (among other things), it isn’t hard to declare Apple’s iPad the victor (as if that was in doubt). Its next conquest? How about in the hands of airline cabin crews to profile (in the customer service sense) passengers.
British Airways Revolutionises Customer Service Using iPads
The iPad lets crew quickly identify where each customer is seated, who they are travelling with, their Executive Club status and any special meal requests. It gives cabin crew a whole library of information at their fingertips including timetables, safety manuals and customer service updates. It also means any issues can be logged with ground-based colleagues around the network prior to departure so solutions can be delivered while the flight is airborne.
The iPads will replace long sheets of paper manifests with information of the potential 337 passengers on a full flight. Interestingly, the data is transferred to the iPad over a 3G connection instead of an onboard WiFi service. British Airways notes that the iPad trial involves 100 cabin crew members.