After June 1, air travelers will no longer have access to paper tickets, except in rare circumstances. Currently, 97% of U.S. travelers use electronic tickets. At 97.6%, China has the highest percentage of travelers using electronic tickets.
Government investigators recently smuggled explosives and detonators past security checkpoints, the New York Times editorial board writes. The board also noted that some screeners had received tips about tests in advance. "Waiting in the snaking lines, no one can envy the screeners' heavy responsibility," the board writes. "Certainly not travelers in their socks confronting the fact that flying is more than ever an act of faith."
A passenger bill of rights that gives the government more control over customer service will disrupt the air transport system, writes travel consultant Joel Widzer. He writes that when it comes to flight delays, the best people equipped to deal with the immediacy of the situation remain those in the trenches.
Shares of Boeing have climbed 35% in the past two years. However, it has not recovered from a 10% drop prompted by global logistics problems that threatened the timetable for its 787. However, some analysts note that Boeing is selling many 787s because the plane is fuel-efficient, less expensive for airlines, and the right size.
In order to reduce flight delays and congestion, President George W. Bush needs the federal government to act, according to this editorial in the Christian Science Monitor. Currently, Bush is working with and putting pressure on the airlines, but the responsibility really falls on the government.