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Today’s Top Story

United CEO: Support building for mergers
The head of United Airlines said Tuesday he no longer feels like a voice in the wilderness in arguing that airlines must consider consolidation to withstand competitive challenges, including rising fuel costs. (AP)

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What’s New on Tripso

Help for the battered European travel budget
It’s all gloom and doom in the news for the dollar-carrying traveler planning a trip to Europe. Is there any way to pull off a European vacation without breaking the bank? Tim Leffel says yes, but it takes strategizing, a contrarian attitude and plenty of flexibility. (Tim Leffel)

What’s new in Tripso’s forums? Cuba anyone? A travel agent has clients inquiring about Cuba… but can’t give them help. In fact, it’s illegal for an American citizen to go to Cuba. “But I can get a package from Canada!” Yeah, you can, our travel agent friend says, but the restrictions are on the person, not on how you got there. Read the discussion.

More Travel News

Tourism boom threatens Antarctica, critics say
A cruise ship takes on water in the Antarctic and three more come quickly to the rescue: A blessing for the survivors, to be sure. But also an indication of a tourism boom that critics say threatens Antarctica’s environment and puts passengers at risk. (AP)

Hurricane season was easy for U.S., not others
For a second year in a row, the United States has escaped a severe hurricane hit, pushing memories of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans further back into the past. (MSNBC News Services)

Announcer sacked over spoof messages
An official announcer for London’s Tube system has been sacked after making spoof messages mocking American tourists, peeping Toms and sweaty commuters. Voiceover artist Emma Clarke, 36, recorded the announcements in the same smooth tones that have warned millions of passengers to “Mind The Gap” and posted them on her Web site. (Reuters)

Airline must pay up for delays, cancellations
An Indian consumer court has ruled that airlines must compensate passengers for flight delays and sudden cancellations that cause mental agony and harassment, a news report said Tuesday. (AP)

Today’s Travel Blogs

Iceland: Best place to live?
Iceland was just selected by the United Nations as the best place in the world to live. When all the factors in their statistical data, such as life expectancy, standard of living, average income, school enrolments, are taken into consideration, Iceland wins. It unseats Norway, which had been at the top of the U.N. list for six years. The United States sits at number 12 on the list behind France and Finland. However, do studies like this make a difference? (Tripso Traveler)

Air Force One flight attendants: A few good men (and women)
When I think of Air Force One flight attendants, I tend to drift towards images from the movie “Air Force One” where Harrison Ford plays the U.S. President. Things did not bode too well for that crew. In real life, Air Force One attendants don’t find themselves in a battle of wills with terrorists, but juggling a myriad of duties. (Gadling)

London has a crack problem
Remember that huge fissure we told you about at the Tate Modern in London? Artist Doris Salcedo says the crack symbolizes racial division in society, but to some museum-goers it means something more: leg injuries. (Jaunted)

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