AVIATION: Five Freedoms or Else

When the U.S. and Britain signed the Bermuda air agreement, the fight for recognition of the five freedoms of the air* seemed to have been won. But U.S. air officials forgot one thing which the British did not. Neither nation was committed to write the five freedoms into its pacts with other countries.

The U.S. became rudely aware of this when the British signed a bilateral agreement with Argentina (TIME, Aug. 26), split transatlantic traffic 50-50 by limiting the number of flights.

Encouraged by this, other countries (Mexico, India) refused to sign with the U.S. unless they got...

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