Transport: Travesty

U. S. airlines are in much the same position as adolescent children of divorced parents. By the terms of the divorce (the Air Mail Act of 1934, passed after the celebrated Farley-Roosevelt airmail cancelation), "Mother" Interstate Commerce Commission has "influence," some jurisdiction. But "Father" Post Office—by control of the airmail subsidy—has the whip-hand. "Mother" I.C.C. would like to let the growing business expand in healthy exuberance. "Father" Post Office, remembering the airmail scandal, treats the airlines like boys in a reform school.

This situation has resulted in freezing the lines in practically the...