American Airlines flight attendants now using electronic manuals

American Airlines flight attendants have replaced paper manuals with handheld tablets in a move the airline says will save $300,000 a year on printing and shipping alone.

The switch from a nearly five-pound stack of paper to a tablet will also save an estimated $650,000 on fuel costs a year.

Flight attendants started using the tablets, which can be updated in real time with information about special meals, flight connections and special services, on Sept. 1 after testing them for six months.

Pilots already made the switch from a 35-pound flight bag to an iPad.