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The USA TODAY recently asked its panel of frequent-flying “Road Warriors,” who log millions of miles each year, mostly for business, about their favorite regional airports.  These airports may not offer as many flights or destinations as their big counterparts, but for many frequent fliers, the nation’s smaller regional airports provide a more pleasant travel experience.  Parking is typically close, the lines for check-in and security are often shorter – and they provide a higher level of customer service.  Here’s some of the regional airports that made the grade:

Appleton, Wis. (ATW)

Erie, Pa. (ERI)

Richmond, Va. (RIC)

Green Bay, Wis. (GRB)

Chattanooga, Tenn. (CHA)

Santa Barbara, Calif. (SBA)

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • Southwest Airlines has imposed its third airfare hike in a month, leading the way in airfare increases amongst many airlines, including American, Delta, United, Continental, US Airways , and Frontier.  Southwest raised prices $2 each way on trips up to 500 miles, $3 for 501 to 1,000 miles, and $5 each way on longer flights.  The reason for these price increases is simple.  Travel is so cold during January and February that the airlines must warm their hands in your pockets.
  • American Airlines recently told Dow Jones Newswires that, “Customers looking to compare flights or fares online should visit travel sites such as Kayak.com or Priceline.com for the most accurate and up-to-date information.”  That’s because Expedia is no longer showing AA flights as part of their search results.  It’s a big pissing match, but the Cliff’s Notes says that AA is looking to cut out the middle man (Expedia) to save on distribution costs.  That’s why they recently broke it off with Orbitz too.  The important thing to know is that Yapta’s airfare search is powered by Kayak – so you’ll always find AA flights among our search results.
  • Would you believe that Arianna Huffington, the 60-year-old founder of the Huffington Post, had to be escorted from an airplane by security after she mixed it up with a fellow passenger?  Apparently it all started when Huffington refused to turn off her Crackberry before take-off.  She continued to use the phone during and after take-off which greatly antagonized nearby fellow passenger, Ellis Bellodof, 53, to the point where he wanted to put the smack down.  Eventually, the two “caused a disturbance” so loud that security was called immediately after the plane landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, and both were escorted off the plane for a private AARP cage fight – er, questioning.