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Monday Midday Must-Reads

-Flights in and out of Chicago O’Hare airport take longer now than they did in the 1990s even though the congested airport has opened up a new runway, the Chicago Tribune reports. “The airlines are padding their schedules more than ever as they try to counter worsening congestion, bolster shaky on-time rates and appease better-informed passengers.” For example, a New York to Chicago flights takes up to an hour longer than it used to.

-The fight between the Gulf carriers and the big three U.S. airlines has gone on for months. The New York Times revisits the issue in this article, saying that American, Delta and United have attracted support from unions but also galvanized opponents. “The campaign has raised questions about the state of the domestic airline industry, which is earning record profits: Have the airlines gained too much power after their mergers and are they now trying to change the rules of the game? More fundamentally, should the nation’s air service policy favor the interests of a few major domestic carriers or should it preserve open competition for the benefit of the flying public?” the article asks.

-Hoverboards may be the popular new toy/gadget under the Christmas tree this year but it’s not popular on airplanes. According to USAToday, major carriers have banned the item from carry-on and checked luggage because of concerns of the lithium-ion batteries possibly catching on fire mid-flight.