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Register by January 24th for double miles on United through April 4th. Here’s the fine print: Purchase and fly segments with an e-ticket on any United or United Express route worldwide. Book your trip between January 4th and January 24th and complete your travel by April 4th. You’ll receive double flight miles with any published fare in any class of service. Miles will be posted to your account upon completion of travel. This offer is valid for up to 10 segments.

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Michael Ignatieff’s Sunday New York

Michael Ignatieff’s Sunday New York Times Magazine piece has some important insights into the coming war with Iraq. – It requires a political committment lasting several administrations. – To succeed, the U.S. will have to engage the entire Middle East: a) Convince Iran no to feel threatened by a United States-led democracy on their border. b) Reassure Turkey that we won’t create a Kurdish state which would be a threat c) Encourage Syrian-Israeli peace d) Coax Saudi Arabia into democracy And even if we do all of that, unseating an Arab government while the ignoring Israel-Palestinian conflict will still lead to tremendous anti-U.S. backlash. To achieve our security aims in Iraq really means to act as a hegemon over the entire Middle East — and a successful hegemon which is viewed benevolently. My own view…

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United to follow Continental and

United to follow Continental and USAirways lead? It appears that mainline United may be turning over a whole lot more flying to its United Express partners, and has lined up the purchase of hundreds of 50 seat regional jets. Continental has turned its Cleveland hub into an RJ park — 737s look like jumbo jets there. It’s even possible to fly a one-stop transcon flight on RJs with Continental (Richmond-Houston-Palm Springs). Is this the future for United?

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Anecdotally (the numbers won’t be

Anecdotally (the numbers won’t be out for awhile yet), there has been a sharp increase in lost baggage over the past week. This seems to an unexpected consequence of new TSA baggage screening procedures. Gate agents often put baggage tags on handles that are used to open the bag. If TSA opens the bag, the tag comes off. Lost bag. Solution: make sure the tag goes somewhere that won’t be tampered with if the TSA decides to open it. Watch where the check-in agent places the tag, and if necessary politely ask that it be moved (“for security reasons” :).

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