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The Unfriendly Skies


The airline industry is in a state of turbulence.

2008 hasn't been the kindest to America's troubled airline industry. Earlier this month, American Airlines (AMR) posted a quarterly loss of $328 million. Meanwhile, United Airlines (UAUA) reported a first quarter loss of $537 million due to surging fuel costs. And Skybus? Oh yeah, bankrupt.

But if it's been a bad year for airlines, it's been even worse for passengers. In an effort to recover losses, airlines have begun charging passengers for everything from meals to checking a second bag. Not to mention how annoying it would have been had one of your flights been among the 3,000 that American Airlines canceled because of mechanical issues, or when your Skybus flight got canceled because… well… Skybus went out of business.

But it's not all bad news. Consider that if you can actually get on a plane you're still entitled to some peace and quiet. The FCC recently ruled that using America's number one annoying gadget-the cellphone-is still prohibited while in flight. The ruling comes at a time when some countries, mostly in Europe, are opening up the airwaves to in flight cell phone use.

Join Hoofy and Boo as they take a closer look at the pleasure of modern flight.

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