AVIATION: A Ghost Walks

The Anglo-American squabble over transatlantic commercial flying was apparently laid to rest last February by the Bermuda air agreement (TIME, Feb.11). But last week its ghost was walking. The Senate's Commerce Committee held that the agreement was illegal and void. Its reason: the State Department and Civil Aeronautics Board had no right to make international commitments; "such arrangements . . . should be regarded as treaties, subject to ratification by two-thirds vote of the Senate."

Actually, the Committee, while using this legalism to attack the pact, was also concerned for commercial reasons: 1) the U.S., which will provide 80% of international...

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