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Flying the @#$*%! skies this holiday

I'm a lucky girl during the holidays. Why?

1. My little Vietnamese mother makes a mean bird for Thanksgiving.

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2. I don't have to fly anywhere to fill up my belly or visit family.

Good thing since Expedia.com is already warning flyers to avoid Boston, Chicago-O'Hare, Detroit, New York (JFK and La Guardia), Newark and Philly -- the top airports for arrival delays in Nov. and Dec. 2006. The Air Travelers Association is also warning passengers "to prepare for the worst." Bring food, beverages and something to read in case you get stranded (some aspirin might be useful, too!).

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There is hope, according to the story on...

CNN, for holiday travelers who are already dreading the thought of delayed flights, long lines, lost luggage and soul-crushing migraines. Airlines are adding services to make your experience go a little more smoothly.

Northwest Airlines will waive fees for passengers forced to rebook due to bad weather, mechanical problems with the aircraft, or "irregular operations."

American Airlines has assigned 50 different employee teams to improve customer experience prior to the trip, at the gate and on board the plane, the story says. They also have a new program using hand-held devices to scan a misplaced bag, and send a message to you to let you know where the bag is, and when it will be delivered to you.

United Airlines is adding staff and attending to details, such as making sure planes are cleaned. They will let passengers check in electronically up to 24 hours prior to a flight, even if you have baggage to check.

Happy Flying!

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