Business: Playing Politics with Airlines

Pan Am screams foul at Braniffs rich, new route gains

One area in Which the imperial presidency is as regal as ever is the matter of international airline routes: by law the President can bestow on any airline of his choice the right to fly between any American city and any foreign one, and he need not bother to state a reason. Just before Christmas, Jimmy Carter exercised that prerogative in a fashion that caused his own chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board briefly to consider resigning, and that is now leading Pan American World...

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