American Airlines and Samsung are teaming up to hand out...

American Airlines and Samsung are teaming up to hand out Samsung tablets for business and first-class passengers to use during flights. Credit: Handout

If you board an American Airlines flight and the flight attendant hands you a Samsung tablet computer, it's not a freebie to take home.

Beginning later this year, the handheld tablet will be offered as an entertainment device for business- and first-class passengers on several transcontinental routes and some international flights to Europe and South America.

American is teaming up with Samsung to hand out 6,000 tablets preloaded with in-flight movies and other entertainment. The device, with a 10-inch touch screen, will replace the airline's current personal entertainment devices in premium cabins. Flight attendants will hand out the tablets after takeoff and collect them before landing.

American is not the first airline to introduce tablet computers in the cabin. Last summer, Australia's low-fare airline Jetstar started offering iPads to passengers to rent for $10. -- McClatchy-Tribune

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