Airlines: Hot Tickets

To the discomfort of airlines struggling with summertime hordes of travelers, some jet-age gyps have discovered that they can literally write their own tickets. The tickets, stolen from travel agencies, have turned up over the past few months in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Las Vegas and other U.S. cities, as well as London and Madrid. Trans World Airlines, for one, has been fleeced of nearly $100,000. Police report that the cost of the write-your-own-ticket racket may come to $4,000,000 or more in lost airline revenues.

Key to the caper is the fact that travel agencies, weary of handling different...

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