Few glitches reported as passport rules take effect


Few glitches reported as passport rules take effect — A new rule requiring U.S. airline passengers to show a passport upon their return from Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean took effect Tuesday, with few reports of stranded travelers. (AP)

Airline defends removing family from flight — AirTran Airways on Tuesday defended its decision to remove a Massachusetts couple from a flight after their crying 3-year-old daughter refused to take her seat before takeoff. (AP)

Unruly United Airlines passenger charged — A United Airlines passenger faces federal charges for allegedly making statements about a hijacking, trying to open a cabin door and fighting with flight attendants while aboard a flight from Boston to San Francisco. (AP)

Valet parking lands at airports — Big airports are adding a service for time-pressed travelers: valet parking. More than a half dozen, including Miami, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Reagan Washington National and Los Angeles, have added valet service in the last year. (USA Today)

United backs off fare increase — United Airlines said Tuesday it rescinded a $5 fare increase on some flights after other carriers failed to back the price rise. (Reuters)

Airlines fighting higher LAX fees — American and Southwest airlines are battling a sharp fee increase at Los Angeles Airport, a price increase that could cost the airlines tens of millions of dollars annually and push up fares for travelers heading to Southern California. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Drunk man breaks into Vegas airport — An intoxicated 28-year-old man apparently broke into a secure area near McCarran International Airport and stole a luggage cart tug car before being arrested early Tuesday. (AP)

Wynn gambles that ‘Spamalot’ will be a hit in Vegas — It was spring 2005 when casino mogul Steve Wynn first went to see “Monty Python’s Spamalot” in New York as he searched for an entertainment option for his hotel-casino, Wynn Las Vegas. Wynn sat next to Eric Idle, an original member of Monty Python and the show’s creator. According to Idle, Wynn put his hand on Idle’s knee and said, “This would be great in Las Vegas.” (AP)

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