Standing Room Only

No car? No tires? Go by air! No, said the Government, putting airplane seats under priority quicker than you could say Donald Nelson.

Henceforth a private citizen who wants an air-travel ticket must stand in line behind Government personnel, the Army, Navy and Marines, businessmen traveling on war business. Other restrictions are still to come. The peripatetic U.S. citizen who, like Chaucer's spring pilgrims, loves to go places, henceforth will have to stay much closer to home.

Railroad passenger cars, long crowded by defense travel,* have been jammed still tighter since Dec. 7. In 16 days after the Pearl Harbor attack, 600,000...

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