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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 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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From Travel Watch: the lowdown an airline smoking policies


February 8, 1999

The Envelope, Please
The 1999 OAG global airline of the year awards

Web Crawling
This month sees the launch of three major frequent flyer programs to replace Asia's disappearing Passages plan

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Travel agents were outraged at Delta Airlines' decision last month to slap a $2 surcharge on domestic tickets not booked online

The Hotel Vajra is a calm oasis overlooking crowded, chaotic Katmandu

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