MINNEAPOLIS -- Air travelers will soon be able to play electronic pulltabs at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission on Monday approved installing electronic pulltabs at airport bars.

Minneapolis-based Express Games MN was selected as the first distributor to offer electronic pulltabs at the airport.

Express Games CEO Jon Weaver says the pilot program will start Jan. 2 at six bars at the airport.

Weaver says his company will offer electronic pulltabs at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

The electronic gambling games are being counted on to help pay Minnesota's share of a new Vikings stadium. Electronic pulltabs went into operation at Minnesota bars and restaurants in September.

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