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Paper Airline Tickets On The Brink Of Extinction

Luddite travelers may need to start making geek friends because the paper airline ticket will be all but extinct by the end of May.

Replacing paper tickets, and the elaborate global system that processed them, with electronic ticketing will save airlines $3 billion annually on the roughly 400 million tickets sold outside of the United States alone, according to the New York Times.

Apparently, 96.86 percent of tickets sold in the United States, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands last month were electronic, so it does appear that most people are able and willing to travel the digital way. Do you use electronic or paper tickets when you travel?


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Linny Linny 9 years
i'm surprised it took this long
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
electronic is the way to go.
piraterie piraterie 9 years
I haven't used paper tickets in years. I always print out my e-ticket at the little kiosk. So easy!
jennytrauma jennytrauma 9 years
i work at a travel agency. they do charge extra for a paper ticket. it is less paper and i guess its easier to recycle and keep track of. in reality though, its because ALOT of people forget there tickets at home. this was one of the reasons along with less of a paper trail.
millarci millarci 9 years
I love e-tickets. It's so much easier!
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
Have been using e-tickets for as long as I can remember.
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
I always use electronic, and i agree, they should totally not even print out tickets, just use it all electronically, they are checking your id anyways!
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
but I like the printed ticket for a keepsake from a trip you took. E-Tickets are convienant but its like email vs a letter, nothing beats the real thing.
swtkitten swtkitten 9 years
I use E-Tickets because they always charge extra to mail them out and then I tend to lose them before i get to the airport. This way they're there when i get there and cost less.
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
If I traveled I would use them, no problem
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I *think*, not totally sure, that they are going to just sell you the ticket and make you responsible for printing it out on either your printer or at one of those kiosks. Those two ways both print out way less stuff then what they mail you. No fancy little envelopes or other stuff.
Nightwind Nightwind 9 years
I dont understand. Its an electronic ticket, until you get to the ticket agent, and then you get your actual plane ticket, which they look at through screening, and also when you get on the plane. If they are not going to print out these tickets at are they to know you even have a ticket to begin with??
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Now if we could just find a way to use electronic tickets without having to print them out.
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