I only get e-tickets on AA
. It's so much easier. Many of the problems that have been mentioned here are easily avoidable and handled with ease.
If you get bumped, the airline will issue you a "ticket" for you to use on another carrier. They do this anyway, even if you are on an e-ticket. Obviously, this is an unusual situation and all carriers will have exceptions to the rule.
When you check in on an e-ticket, they don't issue you a paper ticket on check-in. They issue you a receipt and a boarding pass. I'm sure these will also be altered or simplified.
What the IATA group was trying to do was unify the system and make it simpler for the passengers and cheaper for the airlines. I think they are headed in the right direction.
It would be almost impossible for there to be a name discrepancy. Many passengers already have their data in the systems. If you are not a frequent flyer and you give your name over the telephone, and your credit card to buy the ticket, the charge won't go through if the name does not match. Only if you walk up to an airline counter and pay cash (TSA
, are you paying attention here?????) and they misspell your name, it would be possible that this happens. However, you should ALWAYS CHECK YOUR TICKETS before walking away.
If your data disappears completely, getting you on the flight will be the LAST THING on the airline's mind since their entire data has been destroyed and they are unable to operate because they don't have adequate backup systems. This would be a catastrophe of epic proportions.
Any type of "complicated" scheduling is easily handled because the entire itinerary is printed on the ticket, simply laid out for anyone to see. The agents simply enter the data on their computer and your record should appear. You hear about crappy airlines, poor service, nasty f/as, uncomfortable seats, lost luggage, lousy food, but you rarely hear about an airline losing someone's records. That is not a typical complaint.
Like I said, most, if not all, of the scenarios listed in the other posts already exist and are being handled. A lack of expensive paper tickets won't make a difference. They will come up with cheaper alternatives.
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