If you see your United Airlines flight attendant pull out her mobile phone in-flight, it's not to check her Facebook status or play a round of Candy Crush Saga. Because next year, the carrier will be equipping all its cabin crews with the latest iPhone 6 Plus to help them carry out their onboard duties.
The move follows on the heels of fellow international carriers such as Emirates, Delta, British Airways, Iberia, KLM and Eva Air, which have also handed out tablets to their cabin crews as part of their in-flight uniform.
The mobile devices allow flight attendants to access passenger information such as loyalty status, in-flight buying habits, food and wine preferences.
Beginning next year, United Airlines' 23,000 flight attendants will be given iPhones to handle in-flight retail transactions, access company email and consult their safety manuals for onboard procedures.
In 2011, the carrier gave all their pilots iPads in a move to create a paperless fleet. The iPad pilot program has been renewed with the iPad Air 2.