Airlines: Flying with Student Power

One of the most successful examples of student protest has made its point without a single sit-in. It all began last January when Arthur Present, a Civil Aeronautics Board examiner, recommended that the CAB end the airlines' "youth fares," which allow passengers from twelve to 22 to fly for half fare on a standby basis or for two-thirds fare with a reserved seat. Prodded partly by ailing intercity bus lines, Present found the discount fares "unjustly discriminatory." He did not reckon with the power of American students when they feel it is they who have suffered the discrimination.

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