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Recap: The Week’s Biggest Travel Stories and Best Deals

Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.

Airline Complaints Surge 70%

According to the latest Bureau of Transportation Statistics report, air travelers’ complaints were up 70% over last year. What’s with that?

Coming to a Security Checkpoint Near You: Fingerprint Screening

Tests are underway at two airports of a new system that will use fingerprints as personal identifiers, making security checks faster and more secure.

The World’s 10 Best (and Worst) Airports

The best and worst airports? The latest attempt at a global ranking comes from AirHelp, which rated 76 of the world’s largest airports.

Is American Airlines Reducing Even More Legroom?

Is American set on reducing legroom, such as the crushing seats found on ultra-low-cost carriers Spirit and Frontier?

Coming to the iPhone: Safe-Driving Mode

When Apple introduces its latest operating system for the iPhone this fall, it will include a Do Not Disturb While Driving function. Finally!

JetBlue Flash Sale: 15% Rebate on Award Flights Booked by June 19

Through June 19, TrueBlue members will receive a 15 percent rebate on points redeemed for JetBlue award travel completed between now and July 31.

Airport Sex? 1 in 10 Flyers Say ‘Been There, Done That’

A new survey found that around 10 percent of American travelers have had a sexual encounter at the airport. Sound right?

United’s New Singapore Flight – 18 Hours on a Plane

United’s new 18-hour flights between Los Angeles and Singapore will be a test of air travelers’ endurance, especially if they’re flying in coach.

Win a 7-Night, 4-City Eating Adventure

Enter for a chance to win an eight-day trip for two to Los Angeles, Portland, New Orleans, and New York, including airfare, hotel, and culinary events.

Somebody has to win this trip, right? Might as well be you.

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After 20 years working in the travel industry, and 15 years writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.

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