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Travelers' Aid: Airline Strikes and Things to Do in Paris (6/15/2001)

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Topping this week's Traveler's Aid is the less-than-two week countdown to an American Airlines flight attendant strike. Keep reading the papers for the latest news on this one...but also, remember President Bush's pledge not allow any airlines strikes this year. Just after assuming office, Bush stopped the mechanics from striking at Northwest, and the signs are already pointing toward another presidential intervention at American.

The deadline for the strike is June 30th. So if you're flying American any time in July, take precautions: follow the news...keep those customer service numbers handy...and get paper tickets. This is the most important thing you can do. If the airline does shut down, another carrier will usually accept your tickets, as long as you can actually hand them over.

Meanwhile, I am here in Paris. And while I don't usually do this - I'm usually the travel expert around here and I don't like ceding my throne - I have an expert guide to Paris waiting in the wings right now. Her name is Diana Nyad, she grew up in Paris (on and off), studied two years at the Sorbonne, and next week, she's poised to become the next host of this show. The one you're listening to right now...Diana Nyad!

If you'd like us to address your travel questions or concerns, send us an email. Or, you can snail-mail them in. The address is The Savvy Traveler, in care of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007. Or call us at 888-SAV-TRAV.

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