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USAir has begun allowing its passengers to travel without a ticket on USAir and USAir Express flights within the United States.

It is the latest of several airlines to offer this option. A traveler is given a confirmation number when he books a flight, and that number is used to confirm boarding information at the airport.Other airlines that use electronic ticketing include Southwest and United. United said that 96 percent of its customers who used the ticketless option requested it again. The airlines are promoting the idea in large part because it saves them money on distributing and processing tickets. The main advantage to customers is that they do not have to worry about losing their tickets, which airlines charge fees to replace.

USAir provides this service at present only to customers who call the airline directly to make reservations. It plans to expand the option to make it available from travel agents and on the USAir Shuttle, as well as on international flights.