Paper airline tickets soon to go extinct

By the beginning of next summer, paper airline tickets will be a thing of the past for its airlines, the International Air Transport Association announced this week. The relevant stats: The IATA represents more than 240 airlines, which together operate 94 percent of international flights; 84 percent of its travelers already fly without paper tickets; and changing over to fully electronic ticketing will save the airlines $9 per passenger and keep 50,000 trees standing every year, or, if not standing, at least it’ll keep them from being used as tickets. Says one IATA representative, “In just 278 more days, the paper ticket will become a collector’s item.” Which is why we’re taking a flight a day for the next 278 days and then hitting eBay, baby.