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Airlines Plan Changes to Keep People Flying

Airlines Plan Changes to Keep People Flying

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(Minneapolis-AP) -- The nation's airlines want people to keep flying even if there's a war.

The major airlines say they'll make it easier to change tickets if the U-S does attack Iraq.

American, United, Delta, Northwest, Continental, U-S Airways and others are making changes that would generally allow travelers to avoid penalties if they want to reschedule or even change destinations because of war.

The specific terms vary, but restricted tickets would generally remain nonrefundable, and passengers who switched to higher-priced flights would have to pay the difference.

The changes come at a time when airlines are asking the government for nine (b) billion dollars in tax cuts. They're afraid war would mean fewer passengers and higher fuel costs.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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