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Travel Special: Conquer Stress
Best Life Magazine...Travel & Leisure ^ | Nov 4, 2007 | Peter Greenberg

Posted on 12/17/2007 7:20:07 PM PST by george76

Ten ways to outsmart the airlines and not spend your holiday season at the airport Schlotzsky's.

In the past year, I have flown on 110 flights—and 11 arrived on time. As awful as that performance is, it doesn't even reflect the worst travel nightmares of the year, including record numbers of lost bags, overflowing lavatories, and the infamous JetBlue odyssey...

In the first half of the year, more than 93,000 flights were canceled, an increase of 44 percent over the first half of 2006, according to the Department of Transportation.

2007 will go down as the worst year in history ...

How did we get from bad to so much worse? Well, the Federal Aviation Admin­istration is using a nearly 20-year-old computer system, and ...

On the morning of June 8, 2007, a common scenario played out: The 20-year-old computers in Atlanta failed, and when the FAA rerouted flight-plan data to Salt Lake City, those computers overloaded. The result? Virtually every airplane on the East Coast was grounded for an average of four hours.

As if that's not enough, major carriers are understaffed and, as a result, have been canceling hundreds of flights in the last week or so of each month, creating massive delays ...

Regional jets clogging the runways are another huge headache. Flying on one of these puddle jumpers requires you to be a contortionist. But it's what you don't see with RJs that really hurts you. Because they take up as much gate space and airspace as the big jets—but carry just 30 to 100 passengers a flight, compared with as many as 365 in a Boeing 777—they are adding more traffic without getting more people to their destinations. Last year, approximately half of Chicago O'Hare's flights were RJs.

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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: airlines; aviation; braking; dot; faa
" Two kinds of luggage : lost and carry on..."


1 posted on 12/17/2007 7:20:08 PM PST by george76
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To: george76

You wanted “Deregulation”. You’ve got it!

2 posted on 12/17/2007 7:26:47 PM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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