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» Today’s Top Story

Northwest after bankruptcy: who wins?
Northwest Airlines rolls out of the bankruptcy hangar on Thursday after an overhaul that took 20 months. It’s winning positive reviews from industry analysts, who think it emerges as a strong competitor after slashing annual operating costs by $2.4 billion and reducing lease and debt expenses by $4.2 billion. But who has emerged as winners and losers as the dust clears? (Pioneer Press)

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» What’s New On Tripso

Going on a cruise? You bet!
What’s with all this cruise bashing? It seems you can hardly get through a cruise story these days without being interrupted with some sensationalist tale of shipboard gloom and doom. I experienced it myself two weeks ago when I agreed to appear as a guest on CNBC’s “On the Money” to discuss the grounding of a Majestic America paddle-wheeler, the Empress of the North, near Juneau, Alaska. (Anita Dunham-Potter on Tripso)

Editor’s Note: Anita’s column comes in the wake of one of our most active weeks in Tripso Forum history. A lot of readers have taken us to task for publishing a commentary that questioned the safety of cruising. We’ve heard you. And we know there are other perspectives on the issue. Anita’s is one of them. Any questions? Shoot me a note. — C.E.

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» More Travel News

Orlando airport inspectors told to falsify records

Six customs inspectors at the Orlando Sanford International Airport have told federal officials that they were instructed to falsify passenger information. (AP)

Hot topic: TSA screeners make me feel … Come on. Give us a piece of your mind.

‘Gay’ hotel bans straight and lesbian guests
An Australian hotel popular with gay men has won the right to refuse entry to heterosexuals and lesbians, officials and the owner said Monday. (iAfrica)

Keep the nightmare out of flying
Take healthful snacks, and stay well-hydrated. A hungry, thirsty traveler is a cranky traveler, so make sure you have something tucked away in case you’re doing some tarmac time, says Dr. Michael Zimring, coauthor of “Healthy Travel.” (Los Angeles Times)

Airlines face $600 million in fraud
A research of over 180 airline companies around the world indicates that the annual cost of fraud cases in the company or outside for aviation sector on the global scale reached 600 million dollars. (United News of India)

A smashing time at a hotel
Drunken hotel guests have trashed a Barrow hotel after a booze-fuelled Bank Holiday party got out of hand. (Evening Mail)

A stinging setback for Portugal-bound plane
A thick cloud of bees was sucked into the engine of a passenger plane en route to Portugal, forcing the airline to abandon the trip and grounding passengers for 11 hours, a company executive said Saturday. (MSNBC)

» Today’s Travel Blogs

The false promise of electronic ticketing
When e-tickets first rolled out, they held the promise of paperless travel. For example, Alaska Airlines, the first domestic U.S. carrier to introduce wireless check-in back in early 2001, offered this nugget to the media when they rolled it out: “Once a passenger checks in via a cell phone or another wireless device, he or she can go directly to the appropriate gate, show a photo identification and board the plane.” Ha! (Upgrade: Travel Better)

Adjusting for local deals
Why a photo of three Imperial beers and one small bottle of 7-year rum? Because in a Costa Rican supermarket, these are roughly the same price. (Cheapest Destinations)

Read the fine print very carefully
They say the devil is in the details, and nowhere is that more true than with airfare rules. I’ve been working with a reader to help resolve a ticket change request, and you’ll want to read her story before you buy your next airline ticket. (Ellipses)

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