Blue Airlines to Offer Online Gambling on the Go
by Edward Rogers, News Staff Writer
December 20, 2007
If you can't do it on land or online,
then why not try the air? Although, technically
speaking, getting something done online essentially
amounts to getting it done in the air, I am actually
referring to flying in the air. Following the
lead of a handful of other airlines, the low budget U.S.
carrier, Jet Blue, has likewise announced their
intentions to offer online casino gambling services on
their fleet of planes.
Teaming up with Yahoo and RIM, Jet
Blue will be initially limited to what online betting
services these companies offer simply because Yahoo and
RIM have only lightly ventured into the online gambling
scene thus far. And considering that Jet Blue is a
domestic U.S. airline, it's not clear just yet what the
airline views legal and illegal online betting
activities. At this stage in the process, it appears the
vast majority of their interest is going to sports
betting as opposed to online casino games.
Jet Blue has already stated they
intend to offer an online betting platform for placing
halftime and interactive play-by-play bets of televised
sporting events via DirecTV. An emphasis would be placed
on sports channels like ESPN, as well as the major
networks televising high profile sporting events, like
CBS and FOX.
So, if you find yourself in the U.S.
with no viable place to gamble online, you could book a
cross country trip with Jet Blue and possibly get the
money back for your plane ticket and then some. Of
course, just by itself, this is not a good reason to
fly. But if the plane's destination was say...Viva Las
Vegas, well then, that could very well complicate
things, couldn't it?