Report: Singapore Air OKs Gambling
Jun. 07, 1998
SINGAPORE (AP) _ Singapore Airlines has quietly begun providing blackjack, poker and jackpot games to passengers on flights to Tokyo, Taiwan and Hong Kong, a newspaper reports.
The first gambling flight, which the airline prefers to call ``gaming,'' was a June 1 trip to Tokyo in a Boeing 747-400 Megatop, The Business Times reported Saturday.
Passengers can place bets from 25 U.S. cents to $3 by swiping their credit cards through a machine. Wins, limited to $3,500, are credited to the cards.
The airline said last year it would introduce the credit-card gambling, but it made no announcement when the project actually began. It is the third airline in the world, following Swissair and Lauda Air, to offer in-flight gambling.
Over the next two years, the games will be installed in all Singapore Airlines aircraft that have personal entertainment systems.