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SMOKED OUT: It's official: all U.S. airlines are now completely smoke-free. While Congress imposed a smoking ban in 1989 on all domestic flights, it took until December--when Tower Air finally butted out--to clear the air on American carriers' international flights. (For foreign airlines' smoking policies, check the U.S. Department of Transportation website.) Ships are also starting to crack down on smoking--even outdoors. The luxury liner MS Paradise, part of the Carnival fleet, has ejected nine passengers since implementing a tough no-smoking policy in December. Puffers caught red-handed can be fined $250 and set ashore mid-voyage.

AIR NET: Travel agents were outraged at Delta Airlines' decision last month to slap a $2 surcharge on domestic tickets not booked online at www.delta-air.com. Agents receive a lower commission for booking tickets on the Web (versus traditional computer reservation systems). The online sale of airline "e-tickets" is forecast to increase to 8.4% of all transactions by 2002, up from 2.5% last year.

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