When the U.S. airline industry found itself financially flattened following the Sept. 11 attacks, Congress rushed to its aid within days with cash grants, loan guarantees and other relief measures. Incredibly, eight months later, as this industry still struggles to regain its footing, lawmakers seem poised to deliver the airlines a good swift punch in the solar plexus. A measure in the House last week would halt the grants and guarantees and, most disturbingly, double the security surcharge ...


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