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Topic - David Castelveter
The airline security kerfuffle and the nation's slow economic recovery aren't undermining an uptick in Thanksgiving travelers taking to the skies, ensuring long security lines potentially exacerbated by a planned boycott of body-scan machines Wednesday.
NEW YORK -- In the past nine months, passengers have been kicked off airplanes or detained at airports for uncontrolled coughing, joking about hijacking, breast-feeding a baby, kissing and other amorous activities, cursing at flight attendants who denied them alcohol, failing to get a screaming child buckled in for takeoff, and carrying a sippy cup of water.
Flights on U.S. airlines arrived late more often during the first five months of this year than in any other year since the government began tracking delays in 1995. But fewer flights were delayed in May than in April.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES United Airlines grounded all of its flights for two hours yesterday because of a computer malfunction, adding to the woes that fliers are expected to endure this summer.
On Tuesday, ATA spokesman David Castelveter said airlines are still gauging the potential effect of the new rule.
"From time to time you hear these complaints," he said. "I don't know if this will be short-lived or something that festers."