Airlines: A New Era--for Baggage Anyway

For men who expend a lot of effort promoting tourism, the 400 airline executives attending the International Air Transport Association's annual meeting in Cannes have proved to be poor tourists. Ignoring the pleasures of the Riviera, the IATA people have for two weeks been meeting morning, noon and night behind closed doors. Why the urgency? "This is the most important traffic conference in history," says IATA Director General Knut Hammarskjold, nephew of the U.N.'s late Dag. "It takes place at the beginning of the era of real mass international air travel."

The...