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How To Survive A Long Flight

Make a few plans ahead of time and pack accordingly to ensure you survive your upcoming long flight.

12/25/2014

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Good Question: When Can Planes Fly In Bad Weather?

This Thanksgiving holiday, Mother Nature apparently didn’t consult the calendar. Wednesday will be one of the busiest travel days of the year. That makes for particularly bad timing because a Nor’easter capable of dropping many as 13 inches along the East Coast is set to hit Wednesday morning.

11/25/2014

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Few Flights Still Delayed At MSP After Ill. Air Traffic Facility Fire

The effects of an airport fire in Chicago Friday continued to be felt by passengers Saturday. More than 700 flights have been canceled at Chicago’s two international airports. Authorities say a contract employee started a fire in the basement of the Aurora control center.

09/27/2014

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FAA Tells U.S. Airlines Not To Fly To Tel Aviv

The Federal Aviation Administration is telling U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel after a Hamas rocket exploded nearby. The FAA said in a statement that the ban on flights is for 24 hours beginning at 12:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

07/22/2014

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Book Your Flight Now, Prices Won’t Likely Come Down Soon

If you haven’t booked that flight for your summer vacation, you’re likely in for an expensive surprise. Airfares are high right now and showing no signs of coming down anytime soon. Travel experts say part of the problem is high oil prices, which increase the price of jet fuel and the operating costs of airlines.

06/18/2014

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Frontier Adds Flight Between Trenton-Mercer & MSP

Frontier Airlines is adding more nonstop flights at New Jersey’s Trenton-Mercer Airport. The airline on Friday started flying from Trenton to St. Louis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

06/13/2014

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Minnesota Town Copes Without Commercial Flights

Great Lakes Airline suspended its service from Thief River Falls in February, but the small northern Minnesota town has lost more than simply a few weekly flights.

04/20/2014

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Viewers Donate 15.8 Million Miles To Make-A-Wish

Thanks to our WCCO viewers and listeners, Tuesday’s Accomplish MN Make-a-Wish drive turned out to be a huge success. Our goal was to raise 10 million airline miles for Make-a-Wish Minnesota through your donations. Those miles would help get kids to their dream destination.

03/26/2014

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Uncovered: The Best Time To Buy The Cheapest Plane Ticket

A recent study pinpoints the best time to buy the cheapest airline tickets. Read on for tips on booking your next vacation on a budget.

03/05/2014

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FAA Enacts New Rules To Fight Pilot Fatigue

New rules take effect Saturday to limit pilot hours in the cockpit, and to make sure they’re getting enough rest between flights. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now requires that all commercial pilots receive 30 uninterrupted, off-duty hours per week – a 25-percent increase from previous regulations. Before they go on duty, pilots must now get 10-hour rest periods, including eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. And depending on when their flight begins, the rules limit a pilot’s time in the cockpit to eight or nine hours.

01/04/2014

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Spirit Airlines Adds Service To 4 New Cities From MSP

Minneapolis travelers looking for a cheap trip now have four more cities to choose from through Spirit Airlines. On Thursday, Spirit Airlines announced nonstop seasonal service between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando (MCO), Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) and Tampa (TPA).

11/07/2013

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Airplanes From World War II Featured In Tour

B-24, B-17, and P-51. These aren’t bingo numbers. They’re airplanes from World War II featured in the Wings of Freedom Tour at the Blaine Airport.

07/18/2013

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Mosquito Helicopters Resume Flights After Crash

The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District resumed flights Tuesday, the first time since a pilot working for them was killed in a helicopter crash last week.

06/25/2013

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Delays Expected After FAA Begins Employee Furloughs

Heading to the airport? Be sure to pack your patience. The FAA has begun furloughing its employees, including air traffic controllers, starting Sunday.

04/21/2013

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MSP Airport Worker Charged With Stealing Guns

A worker at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has been charged with stealing shotguns, revolvers and other weapons from the checked luggage of passengers who had connections through the busy Twin Cities airport.

04/09/2013

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Caught On Camera: Alleged Airport Baggage Thief

When you check your luggage in for a flight out of town you expect to land with all your belongings still intact.

04/05/2013

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Customers Question Value Of Delta Perks

Minnesota’s largest airline tells WCCO its online pricing problems for preferred customers were fixed months ago, but more Delta customers are questioning what they thought were the company’s perks.

10/31/2012

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Hurricane Sandy Causing Cancellations At MSP Airport

As parts of New York evacuate and others out east prepare for Hurricane Sandy to make landfall, Minnesotans are also feeling some of the impact of Sandy.

10/29/2012

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Spirit Airlines To Offer More Nonstop Flights

Spirit Airlines just announced Tuesday morning that it’s going to start flying nonstop from the Twin Cities to three more cities.

07/17/2012

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2 Same Flights, 2 Different Prices: Frequent Flyer Discrepancies

Minnesota’s largest airline is making changes after we uncovered frequent flyers were paying more for some plane tickets.

05/15/2012

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St. Cloud Officials’ Plan To Lure Airport Carriers Back

In an empty parking lot east of St. Cloud’s airport, the only birds heard taking flight have the chirp of sandpipers. The City’s airport terminal sits empty and jet ways lead nowhere. But now city and business leaders have a plan to bring a carrier back.

03/22/2012

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Airlines’ ‘Hidden Fees’ No Longer Hidden

Next time you book a flight you may experience a little sticker shock — and it’s not because the prices have gone up.

01/26/2012

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Disclosure Law Requires Airlines To Post Actual Prices

When it comes to travel, we’re all looking for a good deal, but that cheap ticket often times ends up costing us more than we expect. That’s about to change Tuesday, however, when a new fee disclosure law takes effect.

01/21/2012

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Unlocking The Twin Cities: FAA’s Air Traffic Nerve Center

Flying can be stressful and frustrating, especially when there are delays and missed connections. That’s why people are hard at work in Farmington to make your trip as smooth as possible, no matter where you’re flying.

12/23/2011

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Cyber Monday Great For Travel Deals, Too

It turns out Cyber Monday is a good time to shop for vacations. Combine a slow week at the hotels, with some Thanksgiving dinner conversations and you have a hot week for travel deals.

11/28/2011

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