American Airlines cabins to go cashless


American Airlines wants plastic, not paper.

The unit of AMR Corp. said Tuesday that this summer it will begin to transition to cashless cabins onboard flights within the United States and to and from Canada.

On those flights, American will only accept major credit cards or debit cards for onboard purchases such as headsets, meals, snacks and alcoholic beverages.

The airline said the change will allow it to streamline the in-flight sales process. Flight attendants will use hand-held electronic devices that will scan credit cards.

American is the second-largest airline in the United States behind Delta Air Lines Inc., which became the world’s biggest carrier when it acquired Northwest Airlines in October.