Separation anxiety

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Alaska Airlines will charge passengers a $10 surcharge when they book directly with the carrier and insist on a paper ticket. For travelers who enjoy the comfort and security of having that paper in their hands, this must conjure up painful childhood memories of mom trying to wean them off that ratty old teddy bear.

The Airlines Reporting Corp. is said to be considering using nonaccountable documents for the agent's and auditor's air ticket coupons, with the aim of reducing agencies' exposure to theft. Nonaccountable documents would in theory be of no value to a thief, but somehow I think an airline would figure out a way to accept stolen ones and send agencies debit memos for them.

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