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Fliers: Screening still a pain at airports
from The New York Times
The lines still will be long and the screening still invasive at airport checkpoints this Thanksgiving. While the government has made some changes to security procedures, many passengers and travel executives contend the moves do not go far enough. Some travelers continue to be bothered by a screening process that has become increasingly time-consuming and intimate, and industry representatives say they are worried these frustrations are contributing to a decline in air travel. More
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Bill targets airline fees for checked luggage
from The Washington Post
Too much carry-on luggage toted by other passengers recently emerged as the No. 1 complaint of air travelers, and with the Thanksgiving travel crush underway, Congress might consider limiting the bag fees airlines can charge. More
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Editorial: America's lost decade of tourism
from The Wall Street Journal via U.S. Travel Association
During the past decade, the U.S. economy has missed an unprecedented global travel boom because of visa delays and other bureaucratic policies that discourage visitors to our shores. More
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Creating jobs at home through leadership abroad
from The Hill
Around the world, economic forces are shaping global politics, from Arab youth demanding economic opportunity to financial crises toppling governments. While Europe faces its most severe economic test since World War II, the U.S. continues to have economic challenges here at home. That's why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has placed economic statecraft at the center of U.S. foreign policy. More
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Los Angeles airport: Too few customs, immigration agents
from Los Angeles Times
Travelers face long waits on planes or in lines at Los Angeles International Airport because of understaffing. The airport director has filed a formal complaint with the head of the customs agency. More
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Thanksgiving travel to hit record level
from USA Today
Millions of Americans will drive to their annual Thanksgiving gatherings — about 38.2 million, in fact, which is 90 percent of the 42.5 million expected to travel during the Thanksgiving week this year, according to AAA. That's a 4 percent jump over 2010 and the first significant increase in travel of at least 50 miles for any holiday this year, the auto club says. More
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Airl travelers: TSA screening still a hassle 10 years after 9/11
from The Huffington Post
The majority of air travelers think the Transportation Security Administration is moving in the right direction with its efforts to streamline security screening, according to a new travel industry survey. Still, most passengers say the efforts haven't translated to reduced time or hassle at the nation's airport checkpoints. More
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Americans more confident they will vacation this year
from Travel Weekly
Holiday travel spending will jump 10 percent this year, according to travel insurance provider Mondial Assistance. The Access America Vacation Confidence Index, a poll conducted on behalf of Mondial, found nearly 6 of 10 Americans — 57 percent — are confident they will take a holiday trip this year, up from 50 percent in 2010. More
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