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Why business travelers won’t be gambling in the air any time soon

Excerpt from CNN

Jan 19, 2013 2:12 am

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A number of factors from space to Wi-Fi to safety have kept gambling on the ground despite several airlines failed attempts to make take it higher.

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The Casino Jet Lounge, the most recent attempt to make in-flight gambling a reality.


Jean-Pierre Alfano of AirJet Designs and Frédérique Houssard, the founder of Designescence, have teamed up to create the Casino Jet Lounge, a luxe bar-cum-casino they hope will one day become standard on long-haul commercial flights.

… The idea of in-flight gambling may seem like a new one, principally because no airline is currently doing it. But in reality, the concept has been around for decades.

Singapore Airlines took gambling up in the air in 1981, when they installed lightweight slot machines in the aisles on a flight that operated between Singapore and San Francisco. It was an experiment that lasted a mere two months.

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