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President George W. Bush.(NORTH AMERICA Report)(Brief article)

President George W. Bush, in a bid to avoid the air travel problems of last summer, last month announced he would open up military airspace on the US East Coast to commercial flights to ease congestion during the busy Thanksgiving travel period, with the expectation that the administration might take a similar step over the Christmas holiday.

The administration also outlined a series measures "to increase passenger rights and protections" including a proposal to double the compensation for bumped passengers to $400 for delays of less than 2 hr. and to $800 for longer delays. It also wants to require airlines to create "legally binding contingency plans for extended tarmac delays," respond to all consumer complaints within 30 days, publish complaint information online, and other actions. …

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