TfL ticket inspectors are able to verify payments made using Apple Pay, despite reports claiming there was “no way” to confirm if people were using the technology to fare-dodge.
An earlier report on technology website Expert Reviews had claimed that ticket inspectors were unable to check if Apple Pay users had touched in or not, potentially allowing anyone with an iPhone or Apple Watch to ride London’s buses free of charge.
But a TfL spokesperson confirmed to WIRED that ticket inspectors can check Apple Pay devices in the same way that they verify Oyster or contactless payment cards.
Handheld revenue scanners used by ticket inspectors could be tapped on Apple Pay devices to confirm if they had touched in or not, the spokesperson confirmed.
The ticket inspector wouldn’t know “that second” if someone hadn’t touched in, with the check being carried out “electronically” later that day. People not touching in with Apple Pay would then be charged the maximum fare.
Ticket inspectors “can tell whether or not you have touched in or not”, a TfL spokesperson told WIRED.co.uk, adding that all inspectors had been briefed as to how the technology worked.
TfL said it wasn’t clear why the individual ticket inspector had claimed there was no way to verify if people had paid using Apple Pay or not.