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DFW Airport to introduce mobile pay for restaurants and shops

Passengers wanting to grab a quick bite in between connecting flights at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport could soon order and pay for their food with their phone before their airplane gets to the terminal.

DFW Airport is partnering with Grab, an e-commerce company, to bring mobile pay to the airport’s restaurants and shops. If the airport board approves the partnership on Thursday, the airport will begin testing mobile pay in a couple of months and hopes to have it available early next year.

“It may be difficult to order and wait but if you can order ahead and you can go to a special line to pick it up, we’re hoping that will help our passenger experience,” said Zenola Campbell, the airport’s vice president of concessions.

Travelers will be able to look at menu options and pay for food orders through the airport’s mobile app. They can also place orders but wait to pay for them when they pick it up, Campbell said, adding that DFW will be the first airport in the U.S. with mobile ordering.

Grab has also partnered with American Airlines to bring mobile pay shopping through the Fort Worth-based airline’s mobile app. About 85 percent of the travelers that fly in and out of DFW Airport travel on American.

Separately, the airport’s concessions committee approved conveying 41 acres to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority for the TEX Rail project. Both Fort Worth and Dallas city councils will need to approve the land conveyance agreement.

The TEX Rail project will connect downtown Fort Worth and the airport. Earlier this summer, the airport agreed to spend $40 million to build a station near Terminal B.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk