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Bush Moves to Free Up Airspace for Holiday Crush

Andrea Sachs

This holiday, give a little thanks to President Bush, who is committed to getting Americans home for turkey and pie.

In a Transportation Department speech earlier this week, the president ordered the military to open its airspace to commercial carriers, which will ease traffic in the higher atmospheres and hopefully reduce delays on terra firma. Last year, the prez issued a similar directive, but this year he is freeing up even more restricted airspace, including routes along the East Coast, in New Mexico and Nevada, over the Rockies, and in Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Despite a 10 percent reduction of flights, the skies will still be crowded, with about 24 million passengers expected to fly over the 12-day holiday period, according to the Air Transport Association. In addition, Transportation Security Administration spokesman Christopher White said the Sunday after Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. White also said that security lines will be fully staffed, to usher people more quickly through the lines. In addition, for those who need more time to dismantle baby carriages and pull off tiny shoes, the TSA has opened at least one family lane in every airport across the country. Those with special needs are also encouraged to utilize these lanes.

Of course, the government can't do everything for us. So, keep abreast of your flights by calling the airline before you leave or checking the airport's departure updates online.

And don't forget, before you take that first bite of turkey, give a little nod to Bush, then let the feasting begin.

By Andrea Sachs |  November 20, 2008; 11:27 AM ET  | Category:  Air Travel , Andrea Sachs , holiday travel
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Didnt the article that ran in the Washington Post the other day quote some officials as saying that this move wont really do much to ease congestion and last year the real reason things went smoothly was because the weather was good?

How about we throw some of those quotes in there

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | November 20, 2008 11:58 AM

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