|According to reports by the UK’s Sunday Mirror newspaper, Irish airline Ryanair could be offering in-flight gambling as early as next year from online gambling group 888.com.|
Rumoured for some time, airlines could make in-flight gambling available on long-haul flights by complying with new and more liberal UK gambling regulations. Passengers would be able to log on to the Internet and stake cash on games including poker, blackjack and roulette.
Passengers would be able to use in-flight television screens to access 888.com and, after selecting an option on the screen, use a credit card to place bets.
'This will attract more players in more places every day,' said Gigi Levy, Chief Executive Officer for 888.com.
British Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific have also signed up to the scheme and with others expected to follow. The British problem gambling charity GamCare has urged 888.com to introduce caps on the amount people can bet along with the time they spend on games.