What it is You remember actual airline tickets, don't you? If you aren't comfortable with an electronic flight record, you'll pay a steep price for an old-fashioned paper version.
What's so bad The paper-ticket fee is all about forcing you to go electronic, thus saving the airlines money.
Ouch! $75 at United; $50 at American, Continental, Northwest and US Airways; $45 at Virgin Atlantic
What you can do Embrace change. When airlines routinely let you use a ticket on another airline if your flight was canceled, carrying a paper ticket was the safest bet. Today, flights are so full you probably won't be able to get on another carrier. Plus, most major airlines have e-ticket agreements with competitors, so there's no drawback to going paperless.