Paperless Airline Tickets

Just in case you missed it, by the end of May 2008 paper tickets will virtually be no more. According to the Associated Press, on June 1, the International Air Transport Association that handles ticketing for most major airlines will stop issuing paper tickets. Some small regional or foreign airlines will continue to issue paper tickets, but they will be a small minority of regional carriers.

I can hardly wait for the day when several major airline reservation and ticketing systems like what happened to All Nippon Airways in July have software problems simultaneously, which will no doubt happen on a day where there is bad weather everywhere.


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