The End of Paper Airline Tickets? Finally?

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.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

4 responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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…

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