Fewer travelers take off from MSP

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport numbers in May showed fewer people flying, the Star Tribune reports, and the newspaper suggests that firms and tourists remain cautious amid higher fuel costs and fares.
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The number of people who flew out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport fell in May compared with a year ago, according to new figures from the airport, the Star Tribune reports. About 2.7 million people boarded flights in the month, a 1.5 percent decline from the same month a year ago, which is an indictor that the Minnesota economy is struggling to build momentum, the paper says.

In other airport news, the Star Tribune says Delta Air Lines recently tested a self-service turnstile that allows passengers to scan their own boarding passes.

And USA Today looks at the fine print you agree to when you book a ticket. Although the federal government has increased protection for passengers in the last two years, the bottom line is that the airlines promise to get you from one place to another — but they don't guarantee they'll do so on time.

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