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Jetstar Airline to Rent iPads for In-Flight Entertainment

Jetstar Rents iPads
Soon, Australian travelers will have a new way to kill time while on a plane. According to The Next Web, Jetstar, a budget Aussie airline, will be offering an iPad rental service later this month to passengers on select flights that are longer than 90 minutes. For just $8.40 (A$10), passengers can bypass lame romantic comedies and SkyMall magazine for a selection of e-books, movies and games loaded on one of Apple's iPads. If the company sees enough demand for the service, chief executive Bruce Buchanan told the Australian Associated Press that Jetstar would roll out iPad rentals for more domestic flights and international flights, too. "Given the demand for the iPad so far, I anticipate it will have strong appeal amongst our passengers," he said in a statement.

The media choices may be limited to what Jetstar has pre-loaded on the iPad. App developer Bluebox Avionics and Stellar Inflight teamed with Jetstar to provide the in-flight media services. Though Bluebox's earlier PC-based systems supported Wi-Fi, Jetstar told ITWire that Wi-Fi will be disabled for the duration of the trial, meaning you won't be browsing the Web for lulz at 30,000 feet. [From: The Next Web, ITWire and The Sydney Morning Herald]

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