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New restrictions to add to air-travel headaches

by The Associated Press and Tess Rafols

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azfamily.com

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 28 at 6:52 PM

PHOENIX -- New security restrictions swiftly implemented following a botched attempt to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day will make air travel more burdensome and could discourage some business fliers — key customers for the airlines.

Passengers will likely face longer lines at checkpoints and less freedom to move around the airplane during flight. Leisure travelers are likely to put up with the new inconveniences.

But business travelers may think twice before flying if stepped-up security means spending hours at the airport. That's troubling to the airlines, because they tend to fly frequently and pay higher fares.

Alarmed by the prospect of losing their best customers, airlines are already asking federal officials to make any new procedures palatable to passengers.

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