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US travel recovery looks steady despite global weakness

July 18, 2011

(Reuters) - Strong demand from business and leisure travelers will help U.S. hotels and airlines produce solid revenue and profit in the second and third quarters.

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United pilots vote to authorize strike by big margin, but ...

July 18, 2011

Pilots at United Continental Holdings voted overwhelming on Tuesday to authorize a strike, The Associated Press reports. United and Continental merged in 2010, and the pilots remain under separate contracts. The Wall Street Journal says the vote underscores pilots frustrations that nearly two years of negotiations at the merged airline have failed to yield a joint contract.

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Reports: American eyes up to 6 airlines for potential merger

July 11, 2012

When American CEO Tom Horton said on Tuesday that his airline is now willing to consider a merger, he may have had a specific airlines in mind, published reports say. Citing "a source familiar with the situation," Reuters writes AA parent AMR "sees itself as an acquirer in potential mergers and at least five airlines -- US Airways, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Air Group, Republic Airways Frontier Airlines, and Virgin America -- will be considered."

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France Requires Breathalyzer Tests in Cars

July 6, 2012

Next time you are thinking of renting a car to explore the French countryside, you will have a new item to add your budget. A new law requires all drivers -- even tourists -- to purchase and carry a breathalyzer kit. This first-of-its-kind law comes in response to high numbers of drunk driving deaths in France, which outnumber speeding fatalities. Thirty-one percent of road deaths in France are attributable to alcohol, reports the Toronto Star.

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Mood darkens in Beijing amid crackdown on illegal foreigners

June 28, 2012

Beijing (CNN) -- At just after midnight on Saturday, in a bar down an old lane in Beijing, the band suddenly stops playing. Grabbing the microphone, the manager tells everyone to remain in the venue; the police are outside threatening to escort to the nearest police station any foreigner not carrying valid documents. The atmosphere instantly sours.

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US Airways hopes antitrust filing will advance AA merger

June 13, 2012

US Airways plans to file antitrust paperwork on a proposed merger with American Airlines parent AMR as soon as July, Reuters reported Tuesday evening

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Technology and travel: digital etiquette

June 5, 2012

Who hasn?t been stuck on a plane next to the guy whose laptop screen makes the entire row bright enough for you to read a book - only when you were hoping to take a nap? Or there?s the know-it-all, annoying tourist in your group - who is looking up facts on his iPhone and trying to take over the tour of the Colosseum.

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New technology may reduce TSA pat-down searches in U.S. airports

May 30, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security recently issued a request for a hand-held scanning device that can be used instead of pat-downs on passengers who set off alarms on full-body scanners.

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Senate Panel Approves Increase in Aviation Passenger Security Fee

May 24, 2012

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a provision that would increase the aviation passenger security fee to a flat $5 per one-way trip charge as part of its version of 2013 funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Currently, the Transportation Security Administration levies a $2.50 per segment fee with a $5 cap.

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Airfare Expert: What you should pay for summer airfare

May 16, 2012

If you'll be traveling this summer, expect two things: packed planes and higher airfares. For travelers, it's no longer a matter of getting a bargain - those will be few. The real question is: Did you pay too much?

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