Just the other day we were talking about the pilots over at American Airlines getting their paws on iPads in the cockpit, and now it looks like the carrier’s flight attendants will also be scoring some electronic doodads.
The plan is to distribute roughly 17,000 of those half-tablet-half-phone Samsung Galaxy Note things. The devices have been used as part of a test, but apparently they've been enough of a success that the decision's been made to roll them out now through 2013. American Airlines wants the cabin crew to utilize the technology to easily access passenger information, and of course they can use the devices to remember if you prefer regular Coke or Diet Coke.
It’s certainly a step up from the passenger manifest—that dot matrix printout you often see flight attendants referring to while cruising up and down the aisle.
Things are still pending Federal Aviation Administration approval, but eventually the devices will be able to sync up with the in-flight WiFi. and even the flight attendant manual and other updates will make their way onto the devices.
Sadly there’s no plans to offer the Galaxy Note tablets as in-flight entertainment to paying passengers, but then downloading "Flight Control" and "Airport Scanner" should approximate the experience anyway.