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May 06, 2013

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-Federal Aviation Administration inspectors are not properly trained and are unable to identify problems at aircraft repair stations, according to an inspector general report. Bloomberg News said the report questioned the FAA's oversight of foreign and domestic repair stations saying it "lacks the rigor needed to identify deficiencies and verify that they have been addressed."

-Last week, Frontier Airlines announced new carry-on luggage fees if they book their tickets through third-party online travel agencies like Travelocity or Orbitz. "This isn't going to stop," airline analyst Robert Mann told the Denver Post. "I think you have a number of airlines experimenting with how to merchandise them."

-Do you know what kind of wine has a beautiful bouquet and taste at 36,000 feet? Roy Moorfield, who is  a wine consultant for Cathay Pacific, tastes around 3,000 glasses of wine a year, to help airlines decide which vintages will hold up in flight. "Any flaws or problems here on the ground just get magnified in the air," Moorfield said in this CNN piece.

-Andrea Ahles

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