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Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week:

  • President Obama signs No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012 – U.S. President Barack Obama signed the “No-Hassle Flying Act” this week, which relieves many U.S. airports of the burden of screening incoming baggage a second time, after facilities check them abroad before departure. (USA Today)
  • JFK airport security employees agree to cancel strike – A potential Christmas disaster was averted when airport security personnel at JFK, New York City’s largest airport, agreed to talks, cancelling their strike that could have had a major impact on Christmas travel. (Amsterdam News [link dead; removed])
  • Boeing tests new WiFi service with help of potatoes – Yes, Boeing, the manufacturer of cutting-edge flight technology, is using potatoes to help it advance it’s wireless internet range and reception. (CNN)
  • Mayan “prophecy” passes, world continues – The 21st of December came and went like any other day. (My Own Two Eyes)
  • China Airlines orders 6 more Boeing 777’s – Boeing received an order worth $2 billion from China Airlines for six 777-300ERs, adding to the Taiwan carrier’s fleet. (ATW)

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