Simon Calder, travel editor of The Independent and our presenter at the Travolution Awards on Tuesday night, signed off the evening with a prophetic quote from BA, back in the 1970s.
Ross Stainton, the airline's chief executive, writing in its Annual Report in 1978, said:
"We shall need separate, very simple check-in facilities for discount passengers, and the fare will entitle them only to a straightforward end-to-end journey with no stopovers.And here we are, 30 years on...
"I can envisage do-it-yourself reservations where the prospective passenger consults a TV display to see what is available and at what price, and then makes his own booking entry into the computer.
"Ticket issue, at least for simple journeys, may be a matter of pushing a credit-card into a slot and getting back a pre-printed ticket, probably incorporating a boarding card, with a passenger seat number printed on it."
Kevin May, editor, Travolution
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