U.S. to exempt kids from passport rules


U.S. to exempt kids from passport rules — The Bush administration is expected to announce on Thursday that it will exempt children from new rules that will require people to show passports when entering the U.S. at land or sea borders. (AP)

‘Bill of rights’ for fliers questioned — Aviation experts warn that proposals for a “bill of rights” for airline passengers could lead to unwieldy regulations and could actually create more inconvenience for travelers. (AP)

American Airlines increasing flights in New York — American Airlines is adding flights to and from New York, raising the stakes in a showdown pitting the nation’s largest carrier against Continental Airlines and storm-battered JetBlue Airways. (AP)

AirTran ready to land in Charleston, S.C. — Discount airline AirTran Holdings Inc. plans to fly two trips a day between Charleston and Atlanta starting May 24 and will add another two flights June 7, flights that are expected to send Lowcountry airfares into a nosedive. (Charleston Post and Courier)

Airline logo scares superstitious customers away
— Brussels Airlines was busy changing its 13-ball logo on the tail and sides of one of its Airbus jets and adding a 14th one in response to complaints from superstitious customers in the United States and Italy. (AP)

State tourism ad shows photo of Alaska, not Tennessee — “Knee scraped. Nose sunburned. Heel blistered. Burdens released,” runs the text below an action photograph of a mountain bike trek that Tennessee tourism officials hope will attract adventuresome cyclists to the state. But the picture wasn’t taken in Tennessee. It was taken in Alaska. (The Tennessean)

10 offbeat movie locales — Are you moved by a gorgeous stretch of sandy beach or the tranquil greenery of a small town? Then you’re in luck. The authors have scouted 10 less-talked-about movie locales well worth a visit. (ShermansTravel.com)

Britney almost missed flight back to L.A. — Carrying two small bags, Britney Spears, 25, ran through Miami International Airport to catch her American Airlines flight. But when she arrived at the gate and handed her boarding pass to the ticket agent, she was informed that the walkway had been retracted from the plane and the flight was closed. But a ticket agent helped the pop star board the flight. (Teen People)

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