Paper Airline Tickets to be Retired in June '08
Electronic ticketing lets you view, change, and process your reservation at kiosks, online, or over the phone -- all without having to worry about losing the ticket. However, 16% of travelers still insist on receiving mailed paper tickets ahead of time, forgoing e-tickets for the security of good 'ol paper.
Bad news for that later group: paper tickets are set to be retired by June 1 of 2008, forcing everyone to get with the times.
The move to eliminate paper ticketing is largely a cost-cutting measure and will result in savings of approximately nine dollars per passenger. Meanwhile, a whopping 50,000 trees per year will be spared the saw. This cut won't entirely erase paper from the flight process, as boarding passes must remain physical documents due to security concerns.
Sorry, trees, you're not entirely safe yet, but at least between this and AT&T's shift away from 300 page bills, we're saving some of your brethren.
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