Column examines industry no-transfer ticket policy

Wall Street Journal travel columnist Scott McCartney looks into the question of why unused airline tickets can't be donated to charities. The necessary name changes, he reports, would not only be a logistical nightmare for the airlines but would also open them up to fraud by unscrupulous entrepreneurs who buy cheap tickets then re-sell them at a higher price. "The problem with ticket transfers of any type is the potential for resale of tickets, other types of fraud, and other complex security issues," says a spokesman for American Airlines.

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