Travel News July 2005.


Travelers should prepare for summer flight delays, official says. Travelers should expect heavy flight delays this summer, Federal Aviation Administrator Marion Blakey said. Bad weather and strong demand for travel have boosted delays. When planes are full, it is difficult for carriers to accommodate passengers who were originally on canceled flights, she said. Jul 27, 2005

More information needed on daylight-saving plan. The effects of a plan to extend daylight-saving time by four weeks is unclear, according to a Denver Post editorial. Critics question whether it would save the estimated 100,000 barrels of oil each day. Airlines oppose extending daylight-saving time because it would affect their international schedules. Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam also criticized the plan and noted the Air Transport Association said last week U.S. carriers could lose $147 million because of disruptions. A conference committee approved the extension last week. Jul 26, 2005

Small changes could bring airport security improvement. Small changes, including longer tables for bins used to examine carry-on times, could greatly improve airport security, according to an editorial in The Providence Journal. The changes were suggested in a confidential government report. Some of the changes would increase costs, but most are simple. The report suggests using locked doors or gates at secured exit points and making full use of equipment used to detect explosives. Jul 22, 2005

Committee scales back plan to extend daylight-saving time. A conference committee has scaled back a plan to extend daylight-saving time after several business groups protested the change. The original proposal, intended to save electricity, would have extended daylight-saving time by two months. Under the new plan, daylight-saving time is extended by about one month. Also, if the Energy Department discovers problems with the plan, it would have the option of returning to the original daylight-saving time system. Jul 22, 2005

Lawmakers may amend daylight-saving time proposal. Criticism of a proposal to extend daylight-saving time by two months has pushed lawmakers to consider scaling back the plan. The proposal is part of a pending energy bill. Utilities say the plan would force them to change computer software and meters with electronic chips. Airlines also criticized the plan. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., said the issue may be settled Thursday. Jul 21, 2005

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