Britain: Bad Patch

In the past few weeks, with summer touring getting into full swing, air travel in Western Europe has been a chancy proposition. The Scandinavian Airlines System's pilots were on strike for ten days; Sabena personnel were locked out after two weekend walkouts to press for a new work contract; Alitalia ground personnel walked out for the third time since May, and Air France employees went on their sixth short strike of the year.

By last week, these lines were more or less back to normal service, but the biggest of the European carriers,...