What's Wrong with the Airlines? (Fortune article from 1946).

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  1. wanderlust
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    "Editor's note: Every Sunday, Fortune publishes a favorite story from our archive. Who hasn't kicked off a summer trip by shuffling through an airport to catch a cramped, delayed flight?Apparently, air travel conditions in 1946 were gruesome too. The airline industry was struggling to keep up with booming demand, and had just discovered the benefits of overbooking. And a plane seat was, "as perishable a commodity as a fried egg or a dry martini." Indeed."

    Some sections I found most interesting:

    Parallels to today? Guess in the good old days air travel seemed like it was less glamorous than the even older days :D.

     
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    I had no idea that many people flew in the '40's.
     
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    7 billion p-m isn't that large if you break it down into a million bits
    (that would be 1% of the adult population doing the equivalent of
    2 transcons a year).
     
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    The common folklore is that Grace Hopper coined the term in
    '46 or '47. I guess it's just folklore.
     
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    From wikipedia on software bugs:
     
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