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The End of Paper Airline Tickets? Finally?

| Wednesday August 29th, 2007 | 4 Comments

planeticket.jpegIt remains amazing to me that paper airline tickets have persisted as long as they have. It’s merely testament to the complexity of bureaucracy and arcane technology trumping common sense and communication I suppose.
Nonetheless, I’m happy to report that IATA (the authority which governs such things) has finally, magically, dealt a final blow to the persistence of paper tickets and they will officially be a thing of the past by June 1st. The result will save untold numbers of trees, a lot of hassel, and apparantly $9 per passenger. No word on whether you’ll see that $9 though. Read the rest on Reuters.


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  • http://kowai.wordpress.com Shawn

    Hell, I would pay $9 extra to not receive any paper. So they can keep the $9 and buy themselves something purty.

  • EMAN

    cant wait!!!seriously

  • http://www.organicpicks.com/blog CindyW

    I think this is just a cost shift from the airlines to consumers. I personally support all forms of paper reduction (as well as plastic reduction), but I also suspect consumers will print out the e-ticket on paper (to have their itinerary in hand), as I have seen many at the airport counters. I am not sure whether the “end of paper airline tickets” really save any paper at the end of the day.

  • Anonimous

    I really miss paper airline tickets! They looked much nicer and beautiful rather than just itinerary receipts… At least I think itinerary receipts must be with some illustration, colorful etc…