Customer service a casualty of U.S. airline recovery


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Customer service a casualty of U.S. airline recovery
As frustrated as travelers may be with crowded planes and delayed flights, these are the realities of the leaner U.S. airline industry as it claws its way back to profitability after a brutal years-long slump. (Reuters)

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Northwest expects $102 million in non-ticket revenue this year
Fresh out of bankruptcy, Northwest Airlines expects to make $102 million in non-ticket revenue this year from fliers who purchase seat upgrades, one-day airport club passes and more online or using self-service kiosks. (AP)

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The accountants have taken over the pool
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Fire sprinklers douse passengers at LAX
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Flight delays continue for fourth day in Brazil
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Sunrise, sunset
We’ve just passed the summer solstice, which means that the days are getting shorter again. Infinitesimally shorter, right now, but shorter. A friend passed along information about Sunrise Sunset customized calendars, an interesting web site that will show you the sunrise time and the sunset time for locations around the world. (Fly Away Cafe)

Park your car at a land-locked beach
Our big tip for visiting the German town Duisburg, where the region has been designated Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2010, is to visit the car park. Really. Apparently lots of Germans already do: it’s a multi-story construction that has been renovated to look and sound like a beach. (Jaunted)

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