Aussie carrier Jetstar rolls out iPad rental service

Australian airline Jetstar is to start offering passengers the option to rent iPads onboard all their flights.

The gadgets will give passengers an alternative to the smaller, low resolution screens in the back of headrests. The initiative has proved popular since trials were started in June last year, the airline said.

“Based on demand for the iPads as part of the trial, we’ll be looking to roll out the devices across our entire domestic and international network,” Jet Star chief executive Bruce Buchanan said.

The idea is to make the iPad the primary in-flight entertainment system. The airline charges AUS$10 for the service and the iPad will come preloaded with books, magazines, music and movies.

Plans to roll out the service will be finalised soon and come into full effect this April.

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