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Tough Landings

Tough Landings

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If you've been in an airport recently, you've caught the faint scent of overcooked coffee and desperation (it smells sort of sweaty). The grounding of flights due to safety concerns, airlines struggling to stay afloat (what a weird metaphor), and rising prices have all combined to turn the airport into a sort of anxiety dungeon. So today, we're going to take you on a tour of the 2008 summer airline soap opera — from company offices to the tarmac — and what it means for your vacation.