Commercial operators looking to increase their revenue through onboard sales of products or services might want to consider Isle of Wight-based IFL, which designs and manufactures cabin electronics, but also has developed a near field computing (NFC) device that tackles the challenge of making secure payments in flight.

The device includes a chip and pin reader to increase payment options. Its three main uses are for payments, data transfer/exchange and wireless connections. Currently, “contactless” technology allows people to make low value transactions without a PIN. Technology is being developed to allow (with the use of security) people to make larger purchases and download purchases such as music.

IFPL says NFC is the way future passengers are likely to pay for items, and operators would be able to simply add the company's NFC system without requiring the complexity of a chip and pin system.