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DOT chief scolds Congress for ‘sitting on the sidelines’
Transportation Secretary Mary Peters blasted Congress for its inability to pass an aviation funding bill the Bush administration says will help ease airline delays. (AP)

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6 sure-fire destinations for families
If you have kids, you are always looking for great places to visit. Places like Disney World might be considered a slam dunk, but if you look beyond the Magic Kingdom, there are plenty of other options. This week, John Frenaye, who specializes in family travel and especially single-parent travel, offers six destinations that might have been off your radar screen. (John Frenaye)

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More travel news

Stowaways found aboard African jet at Dulles
Two men who stowed away on a flight from Ethiopia to Dulles International Airport were being held on misdemeanor charges Thursday, immigration officials said. (AP)

Rival predicts Delta will likely merge
US Airways CEO Doug Parker, whose bold bid last year to take over Delta Air Lines (DAL) was rebuffed, says the diminished value of Atlanta-based Delta makes its merger with another carrier likely. (USA Today)

Couple protest jet noise with obscene rooftop sign
The skies won’t seem especially friendly to anyone taking off from Philadelphia International Airport if they notice what a suburban couple wrote on the roof of their home. (AP)

Sailor accused of groping teen on flight
A 40-year-old U.S. sailor was arrested after he was accused of groping a 13-year-old girl during a flight from Honolulu to Phoenix. (AP)

How to escape down an airplane slide – and still make your connection
Emergency airplane evacuations happen more often than most people think: about once every 11 days in the U.S., according to a 2000 report by the National Transportation Safety Board. Some situations are more dire than others, of course, as when the plane is on fire, but in many cases, the biggest challenge of an evacuation can be the airplane slide. (Time.com)

Today’s Travel Blogs

And the award for best travel blog goes to…
Travel blogs are a lot like animated feature films before 2001, or for that matter, mathematics today. When it comes to the most prestigious awards, they get no respect. (Elliott.org)

Airport WiFi: More free places to surf
It’s been awhile since we’ve updated our Airport WiFi Guide, but that hasn’t kept you diligent tipsters from filling us in on spots with free Internet access. With all the in-flight WiFi news lately, we thought now would be as good a time as any to heap praise on more airports that let passengers jump online for free. (Jaunted)

The buzz on airline merger rumors
There’s been a lot of buzz around a possible airline merger between Delta and United or Northwest, and though nothing has been announced yet, here’s a quick roundup of opinions. (SmarterTravel)

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