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GOP House bills target TSA
from The Hill
A pair of Republican House bills is aimed at improving the Transportation Secretary Administration's (TSA) response to airport emergencies and its investigations of potential criminal threats.
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What happened with the GSA in Vegas stymies federal workers
from The Washington Post
When federal employees get together for training and meetings, fancy lunches aren't on the menu anymore. In fact, food of any kind—tuna fish sandwiches, green salad, oatmeal cookies—can no longer be served by the government. Even coffee is off-limits.
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The battle over Open Skies forces U.S. tourism industry to choose sides
from Skift
As airlines in the United States push for a review of established Open Skies treaties, a conflict has developed between the interests of select aviation industry groups and those of U.S. travel and tourism organizations.
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Business Travel Coalition wants USDOT to investigate airline fuel surcharges
from The Dallas Morning News
Fuel prices, including jet fuel, have fallen dramatically over the last several months, yet airfares have not dropped for consumers. Some airlines, such as British Airways, impose a fuel surcharge, which boosts the price of a plane ticket for travelers. They did it when oil prices were over $100 a barrel, and most are still doing it even though oil prices have fallen 55 percent since June.
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Travel jobs and exports increase despite rising dollar
from Travel Pulse
Commenting on travel-related findings in a U.S. Department of Labor employment report, and a U.S. Department of Commerce export report, David Huether, senior vice president for research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, reports positive trends, despite an increasing dollar.
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Why America should follow Japan's lead on forcing workers to take vacation
from TIME
A law forcing you to take vacation days? Sounds like a bureaucratic gift, but in Japan, it’s meant as a workaholic intervention.
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    Obama's proposed hike in airline fee sparks debate (Los Angeles Times)
Travel groups revolt over 'Open Skies' (Aviation Week via POLITICO)
The United States is becoming a terrible place for air travel (The Washington Post)
Will a strong U.S. dollar scare away international tourists? (NBC News)

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11 worst commutes of the future
from MarketWatch via Morningstar
This week, the story of a Detroit man who commutes 21 miles a day, mostly by foot, went viral because America's public transportation infrastructure is so bad. And according to a report released last fall by the U.S. Travel Association, our highway infrastructure is getting to be just as bad.The study examined highway usage data and estimated highway growth rates along some of the major interstate corridors in the U.S.
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State of the travel industry
from U.S. Travel Association
Travel is a primary driver of our economic recovery, helping to put Americans back to work by adding jobs faster than the rest of the economy. Take a moment to learn more about the future landscape of travel in this brief video message from U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow.
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