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Monday Midday Must-Reads

-The Federal Aviation Administration said a “software update” may have caused the technical problems at an air traffic control center in Virginia on Sunday that caused over 500 flight delays along the East Coast. “The FAA said the upgrade was designed to provide more tools for controllers, but that the new features have been disabled while the systems contractor completes an assessment of the malfunction,” the Associated Press reported.

-Not all U.S. carriers are unhappy with the Persian Gulf carriers adding flights to American cities. Cranky Flier, aka Brett Snyder, points out that Alaska Airlines is putting 275 people per day on Emirates’ two daily flights between Seattle and Dubai. “These kinds of partnerships are great for Alaska because they enable the airline, via partners, to get its loyal customers where they need to go. At the same time, the partner airlines love it because it gives them access to the Pacific Northwest and beyond in a way they wouldn’t otherwise have,” Cranky Flier writes.

-Airlines find themselves in the cross hairs of U.S. legislators in Washington D.C., according to this article in the Hill. “Legislation has been introduced in the House to limit checked baggage fees and senators have criticized airlines for failing to properly inform passengers about fees on flight tickets,” the article says.