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The weather just isn't cooperating this year for holiday travelers. Delays. Cancellations. And the worst - an accident in Denver over the weekend that left a Continental Airlines jet on fire and in pieces with nearly 40 passengers injured. Judging from the look of this photo, they were lucky to be alive. Seattle had it bad. So did Chicago and New York. Even today, a colleague of mine is still stuck in Iowa, where blizzard conditions are playing havoc with air travel. With conditions like these, even Santa may have a tough time taking off. Here's what's up:

Investigators still don't know why that Continental Airlines jet, a Boeing 737-400 headed from Denver to Houston, left the runway, but they have recovered the black boxes. Some experts say it's possible the pilot was trying to abort takeoff and one passenger who escaped the plane noted that the wings were icy. Here are some passenger accounts of the accident.

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Considering the recent problems, it seems an odd time for the FAA to be booting weather forecasters from the nation's air traffic control centers. But The Associated Press is reporting that's what's happening. The FAA wants to save cash by providing forecasts from a distance. Under the plan, two weather units, one in Maryland and another in Missouri, would provide weather information for all flight centers.

And I missed 60 Minutes last night, but Lesley Stahl had a revealing interview with the outgoing head of TSA. When asked if all of the patting down and shoe scanning was really necessary, he said "This is war. These people are trying to kill us."  Also, TSA agents think passengers are mean to them. And parents, please stop sending your infant carrier through the scanner with the infant still attached.

Photo: Associated Press

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