Why do airlines still use those old dot-matrix tractor-feed printers at their gate counters? I’ve always thought that was hilarious.


closed as off-topic by Pondlife, Bianfable, xxavier, ymb1, Machavity Sep 30 at 21:57

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    $\begingroup$ This question is more related to the passenger side of aviation, which is better suited for travel.stackexchange. $\endgroup$ – Bianfable Sep 30 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ My bad! Could a moderator move this to the travel SE? $\endgroup$ – Jon Sep 30 at 23:40

Probably note directly related to aviation, maybe more to airports than airlines:
Well, dot-matrix printers are expensive, but durable and print at very low cost and finally carbon copies (two, three or even four) of forms could be created. And replacing them will require a lot of software adaptions. I‘ve seen airports using text-user-interfaces (TUI via terminals), which are often working a lot of better (fast and efficient to use) then usual GUI applications. New stuff, is not automatically good.

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    $\begingroup$ IOW, if it ain't broke, why spend money to fix it? $\endgroup$ – jamesqf Oct 1 at 3:37
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    $\begingroup$ Dot matrix printers aren't limited to a particular paper size, they can generate a continuous print out that doesn't need paginating $\endgroup$ – Dave Gremlin Oct 2 at 16:36

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