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U.S. to open military airspace to ease Thanksgiving traffic
The government is opening some military airspace to ease airline congestion over Thanksgiving and Christmas, though the effort is likely to have limited results. And if the weather's bad, all bets are off.
President Bush announced Tuesday that he's expanding the Thanksgiving express lanes this year to include military air corridors in the Midwest, the Southwest and the West Coast. That's in addition to the East Coast corridors, which were freed up for holiday traffic last year.
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