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New traveler protections get mixed reviews

Long-awaited passenger protections issued by the DOT have been met with mixed reviews by industry observers. Some business-travel and consumer advocates say the new rules are a positive step but don't go far enough. Full story

IBM training computers to predict traffic

Traffic websites, with their color-coded maps of clogged streets and freeways, are good at telling commuters when congestion is already awful. But what if they could know not only where you drive, but if the route is going to be bad today, and warned you ahead of time? Full story

NYT: Air travelers embrace getting bumped

Eager to gain free travel vouchers and hotel rooms, some passengers have turned getting bumped into an art form. Full story

AirTran leads airline quality study, Hawaiian 2nd

Low-cost air carrier AirTran had the best performance of the 16 largest U.S. air carriers last year, pulling ahead of previous leader Hawaiian Airlines in an annual study of airline quality. The study, sponsored by Purdue University in Indiana and by Wichita State University in Kansas, is based on D Full story

Complaints about airline service in 2010

Complaints about airline service to the Department of Transportation rose 28 percent last year, according to an annual study of airline quality. How the 16 largest U.S. airlines stacked up, based on the number of complaints per 100,000 passengers: Full story

1 in 5 air traffic control trainees wash out

A government report says more than a fifth of air traffic controllers hired by the Federal Aviation Administration in recent years washed out before finishing their training. Full story

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  New report shows sharp drop in auto deaths

Traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, according to a report from the Department of Transportation. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

  Baggage Fee Boom

The nation's top 20 airlines took in $2.56 billion in baggage fees between January and September of 2010, according to the Department of Transportation. NBC's Tom Costello has the story.

  Officials push for backup cameras in new cars

In an effort to protect children from a hidden driving hazard, the Department of Transportation is requiring that by 2014, all cars come equipped with a rear-view camera. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

  Summit aims to curb texting while driving

With the number of road accidents attributed to cell phone calls and text messaging on the rise, the Department of Transportation is reviewing legislation to ban these driving distractions. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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