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May 21, 2012

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-Travelers are packing lighter if the drop in bag fees in 2011 is any indication, according to this Associated Press story. Last week, the Transportation Department reported that the 17 largest airlines made $3.36 billion in bag fees in 2011, down from $3.4 billion in 2010.

-And be prepared to pay more for summer airfares as Delta Air Lines and US Airways are some of the airlines raising fares. According to Bloomberg News, tickets for use in June through August rose 4.3 percent from a year earlier, while prices are up 3.1 percent.

-Pilots at the merged United Airlines/Continental Airlines may call for a strike vote if federal mediators release the unions from negotiations with airlines. The Chicago Tribune said, "the action is a preliminary, procedural step but indicates the growing frustration of pilots eager to get out of their post-9/11 bankruptcy-era contract that slashed average pay by about 40 percent. Pilots have ratcheted up their protests recently, including staging a march at United headquarters in Chicago this month and developing a website aimed at communicating with customers, theunfriendlyskies.org."

-Andrea Ahles

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