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  1. Not that I endorse the airport situation, but in many cases the US can do whatever it pleases and many have no real choice but to comply. It may backfire in the long run but as the current world leader, they can get away with it in the short term.

  2. What are the chances Etihad will let me change my direct flight ORD-AUH into one with a stopover at MAN/CDG/DUB via AA codeshare? My flight moved up 8 hours which conflicts with my positioning flight… Don’t know which one I should fight to change

  3. Ditto on Walkers issue of Chicago time change causing positioning flight issues. I would just want to switch to Etihad flight out of SFO or LAX though. Would they allow that?

  4. @ Walker — if you have a flight to ORD booked separately, there’s almost no chance Etihad will allow you to add a stopover. They’ve been changing people’s US-Europe-AUH flights to nonstops (but reinstating them when people would call to complain). if you booked both flights with the same site perhaps that may work though.

  5. I also hate the International to International transfer situation in US airports, but the reality is that the US is an origin/destination, not an international hub. With the exception of Latin America to Asia traffic (which just isn’t that significant), North America is simply not well positioned to be a global connecting hub.

  6. @Gary – Let’s be honest. The only way to significantly improve LAX would be to burn it to the ground and build a whole new airport.

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