Gambling in the air

Updated 10:22 AM ET, Tue January 22, 2013
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French aviation designers AirJet Designs and Designescence have teamed up to create the Casino Jet Lounge, an in-flight casino that they envision will be the next big thing in aviation. AirJet Designs/Designescence
AirJet Designs' founder, Jean-Pierre Alfano, believes in-flight casinos will appeal to passengers primarily as a social space. There are worse ways to beat leg cramps. AirJet Designs/Designescence
According to a Ryanair spokesperson, Michael O'Leary, the CEO of the budget airline is considering a new system that would allow passengers to gamble during flights. Getty Images/File
Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to introduce standing bars on board their planes. The company considered adding in-fight casinos to its offerings, but has since abandoned the idea. Getty Images/File
Singapore Airlines was an early advocate of sky high gambling. In 1981, they introduced slot machines on one of its flights. The experiment was short-lived, and the carrier soon removed the equipment. Mike Clarke/AFPGetty