Posted 05 June 2018 - 01:01 PM
I was very happy when they even started taking credit cards onboard, which was not all that long ago. Remember the cigar box?
The scanner will hold the transaction until communication is restored. One problem, though, is if there is an extended time out of communication, the scanner basically is busy printing/handling the stored transactions for what can be a fairly long time while it catches up. The SCA can't do anything with it until it finished. I know a couple of times I have paid cash so as not to have to wait. That is an issue that should be resolved before they go cashless.
However, with that said, despite Anderson's impression, Amtrak is not an airline and its clientele is different. My impression is there are probably quite a few more folks without a credit card on Amtrak than on an airline. Buying a cash card/debit card is expensive for what it is and most of them are kind of a rip off (transaction fees, fees to deposit, etc, etc). That is an undue burden on folks who won't/can't get a credit card. They need a way to buy food onboard. So I am against it on the basis of fairness. I am with increasing controls and getting rid of bad apple employees.
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