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A Flying Casino!

Thu Oct 14, 2004 7:27 am

Just wondering: Why dont airlines earn some extra cash by offering casino gambling on their overseas flights? There wouldnt even be any laws against it, since it is over international waters. If there are casino cruises, why are there no casino flights?
Any thoughts?
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RE: A Flying Casino!

Thu Oct 14, 2004 7:42 am

I recall reading that they wanted to do this out of Israel with a 747-200 a few years back but for some reason it never happened...

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RE: A Flying Casino!

Thu Oct 14, 2004 7:45 am

One of the proposals for the A380 has been to put a casino on it, but most likely they will just put more seats. The fact is, unless you have a high roller on board, seats will likely bring more revenue
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RE: A Flying Casino!

Thu Oct 14, 2004 8:31 am

Interesting thought.... and pretty easy to do since many international flights already have PTVs that offer free games like blackjack, etc, along with credit card swipe technology for the duty free and/or airphone. In this way, they could implement something like an online casino at very low cost without sacrificing seats.

My guess: security and liability issues. A lot of people don't react well to loosing money while gambling (to say the least). This could be at the least disruptive and at the worst unsafe as someone erupts over loosing a bit of money. As far as liability, I'd guess lawyers could make the case that "forcing" a gambler to sit in front of a gambling device for and entire 8 hour flight is taking unfair advantage of a captive audience (remember, anyone can sue anyone for anything in the good old USA!)

It could also be offensive to some passengers.

As far as a real casino with slot machines (heavy!) and tables, it ain't gonna happen. WAAAAY too expensive to dedicate the floor space that could be used for seats.



 
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RE: A Flying Casino!

Thu Oct 14, 2004 8:51 am

Also wouldnt it cause people to stand up during the flight and could therefore be very risky to passenger safety and then what about on days when its a very turbulent flight and you can't move about the cabin then it would be a money losing flight for the airline as well!
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RE: A Flying Casino!

Thu Oct 14, 2004 11:29 am

I spend enough on drinks. That's all I need. I'll be broke before the flight lands!
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RE: A Flying Casino!

Thu Oct 14, 2004 4:09 pm

If it were to become legal why dont they imcorperate the the "casino" into the personal inflight tv's? All the PAX has to do is swip thier credit card and start playing. If they win they could collect the cash when they land somehow. Sounds interesting. Just know when to stop when using a credit card!!!!
 
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RE: A Flying Casino!

Fri Oct 15, 2004 4:47 am

SQ tried slot machines in the back of some of it's 742 back around 1980.

They used aluminum coins and took 10 percent off the top profit.
 
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RE: A Flying Casino!

Fri Oct 15, 2004 4:59 am

With current technology (coinless, paper vouchers to claim winnings, ability to make smaller, lighter equipment) I think it's a matter of time before we see them onboard.
Excessive gambling could be easily curbed by posting limits on the amount of money you can charge against your credit card number on any one flight. Yes, people have more than one but it would still set a limit.
If you want the real casino "experience" you would lay out the machines against a wall (the galley, for example) and place seats with belts against them. Or you can just use the logical choice, PTVs.
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RE: A Flying Casino!

Fri Oct 15, 2004 7:41 am

"As far as liability, I'd guess lawyers could make the case that "forcing" a gambler to sit in front of a gambling device for and entire 8 hour flight is taking unfair advantage of a captive audience (remember, anyone can sue anyone for anything in the good old USA!)"
would a disclaimer cover that?

I think it's a good idea, although someone mentioned the fact that people could get pi$$ed off for losing money and could annoy oter passengers.
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RE: A Flying Casino!

Fri Oct 15, 2004 10:18 am

It is not about anybody being able to sue for everything, because you can't. Sure you can file, but it will be tossed so fast your head will spin. Also, they make an exception to the American rule and shift costs if it is frivolous. A gambling addict could actually have a very good case, as with any addiction, forcing an addict in front of the addiction can trigger a massive response. This would be true of airplane gambling, as you are forced to sit there.
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RE: A Flying Casino!

Fri Oct 15, 2004 10:49 am

"(remember, anyone can sue anyone for anything in the good old USA!)"

Yeah, that's one of the virtues of living in a democracy, thanks.

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