AIRLINES: Facing a Low Ceiling on Growth

Stewardess Kathy Lloyd is lucky: she was hired as Ethel Kennedy's social secretary at Hickory Hill, Va. Pilots Mel Vos and John Stout are doing all right; they have gone into the tree-planting business northwest of Chicago. Some of their fellow crew members at United Air Lines are becoming postmen, salesmen and teachers. Others are still looking, and growing more desperate. For 16,500 U.S. airline employees suddenly out of work (of a total force of 300,000), the new lean look of air travel has brought a wrenching change.

The adjustment is less devastating but...

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