REMEMBER THAT SIGNATURE scene from "The High and the Mighty," the one where they're tossing all manner of objects out the aft of a DC-4 struggling to make San Francisco? With fuel more than a fourth of operating expenses, the airline industry is a lot like that these days. Carriers are cutting weight like crazy and overhauling operationssometimes radicallyin an effort to preserve precious kerosene. For example, British Airways found it carried far too many complaint forms onboard. "They were ...

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