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Travel Watch | November 2004

- STEAL THIS BAG At press time, two dozen Transportation Security Administration screeners at airports across the country had been caught pilfering items such as watches, suits, computers—and, reportedly, underwear—from checked luggage.

+ NEXT STOP...BRISTOL In May, Continental Airlines will launch the first scheduled nonstop service between the United States and southwest England with flights from Newark to Bristol.

- STICKER SHOCK In an effort to increase traffic to its Web site, Northwest Airlines now penalizes travelers who purchase tickets over the phone ($5) or at the airport ($10).

+ DÉJÀ VU Terminal 2E at Charles de Gaulle International Airport has partially reopened after collapsing last May.

- SLEEPLESS NIGHTS A recent study by Hilton Hotels & Resorts showed that travelers average a mere five hours of shut-eye the evening before their trip.

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