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 May 14, 2005
Don't just complain about air travel
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UNDATED Many people might describe flying as a pain -- or worse -- but they may not know about recent developments that could make the experience less trying.

Lead travel researcher Linda Hirneise (hur-NEES') with J-D Power and Associates says anything you can do as a passenger to help yourself can go a long way in today's very stressful travel environment.

Here's an example of what she's taking about: If you have the opportunity, print out your boarding pass at home. Or, you can use the self check-in kiosks at the airport and not waste time waiting in line.

Come to the airport prepared for the security drill. Maybe you want to pack in your carry-on some of the metal items you'd normally carry in your pockets. Also, don't be surprised by the fact that the airlines are cutting back on amenities. Ask yourself: Will I be served a meal? Will I have to buy food? Should I bring my own sandwich or snacks on board?

Hirneise says come prepared and that will minimize your travel stress.

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