Posted May 7, 2008 by Zak Patten
Have you ever gone out on a sunny spring morning without your jacket, only to realize how cold it really is? Now you have an inkling of what the paper tickets at Delta are feeling. The airline has decided to stop issuing ticket jackets altogether, leaving countless poor plane tickets with the chills and potentially jeopardizing the health of who knows how many more.
I, for one, am outraged. Who's going to stand up for the little guy here? Is this really any way for a civilized society to treat its plane tickets, which have taken us all over the world for more than a century? By ripping off their only clothing and pretending they'll be just fine without any outer layer at all?
Oh sure, Delta will say it's eliminating wasted paper so as to cut costs, and isn't it better for the environment, and 97 percent of travelers use e-tickets anyway, blah, blah, blah. That logic might fly down at corporate headquarters in Atlanta, but in the real world, we know that food, clothing, and shelter are basic human needs. Are we to deny paper tickets their humanity by stripping them of item number two from this essential list? Are we really prepared to go that far?
Let's take a step back here. Maybe Delta will listen to reason. Maybe it isn't too late to remember how cold it can get in some of the destinations these tickets may find themselves. Each of us can do our part. If you're in a knitting group, consider donating your time to create tiny woolen jackets for needy tickets. If you have carpentry skills, a simple pine box would at least keep tickets out of the wind. Got a voice? Sing a protest song in support of ticket rights.
The future (and possibly a fully-clothed plane ticket) is in your hands.
(Photo: Delta Air Lines)
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