DISASTER: $50 a Head

It was a good, brisk trade. There were thousands of New York's Puerto Ricans who wanted to go back home for a visit, but could not pay the $130 fare charged by the regular airline. By crowding them into converted Army transports, however, chartered lines could carry them and make money at only $50 a head. Puerto Ricans are small, and CAA agreed that the nonscheduled planes could load up to the maximum allowable weight, regardless of number, if there was a seat and a safety belt for each passenger.

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