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US airspace opened for holiday season

Monday 15 Dec 2008 8:05am

It has been announced that more of the US' airspace is to be made open over the Thanksgiving and Christmas period in an attempt to reduce delays and congestion. Out-going US President George Bush confirmed the move during a speech addressed to the Department of Transportation. Airspace normally reserved for military use will be made available for commercial passenger air travel in the country's mid-west, south-west and west coast regions. Mr Bush explained that many people are 'nervous' about travelling across the US over the holiday period to see loved ones because of the higher likelihood of delays, lost bags and overbooking of flights. 'They're saying, will travelling home for the holidays be 'It's A Wonderful Life', or will it be 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'?' Mr Bush quipped. 'We innovated last year to ease the travel; it worked, and now we're expanding that innovation this year. ' The president also confirmed that the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration will have more staff available in order to deal with the holiday rush effectively. Some 24 million Americans are expected to catch domestic flights in the US over the Thanksgiving holiday period this year.

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