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Over the past two years, OTG Management, an operator of airport restaurants, has spent $10 million putting some 600 iPads in passenger waiting areas and on dining tables. This is just the beginning, too. The iPad project is taxiing for takeoff with 7,000 iPads to be deployed across four North American airports in the next 18 months.

“We’re marrying a world-class dining program with the best of technology,” says Albert Lee, CTO of OTG. “It’s never been done in this capacity before.”

OTG’s pioneering effort could lead to tablets being used in a new way—namely, the iPad kiosk.