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) -- Worn out by thoughts of all the hassles getting through airport security during the busy holiday travel period?

Let's see. You can have your total-body scan viewed remotely. You can have an intimate frisk. Or maybe, you can miss your flight altogether because some looney tunes want to stage a protest intended to cause delays on Nov. 24, one of the year's busiest travel days.


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has come up with the only possible solution: cheaper drinks. Starting Dec. 1, passengers on domestic, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico flights departing between 5 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. will be able to buy cocktails, wine and beer for $5. That represents a savings of $1 on beer and $2 on liquor and wine.

"As we wrap up the year, we want to show our customers that we appreciate their business," said Rob Friedman, vice president of marketing, in a prepared statement. The offer is good for the duration of the flight, through the end of the year.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.

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