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Road Warrior read-in: Lost plane, first-class bid, dead week

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Here's a quick hit of what Road Warrior editors are reading.

Four more airlines,including Southwest and Skywest, have received FAA approval for gate-to-gate use of personal electronic devices. Here's CNBC's running list of airlines that allow gadget use.

Wednesday came word of an Amtrak train that took a wrong turn on the way to New York. Now, we hear that a plane leaving New York may have gotten lost. A Boeing-747 cargo plane landed at the wrong Kansas airport late Wednesday, USA Today reports. Storyful created a missed-it-by-that-much map.


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American Airlines is testing a program that lets fliers bid for first class.

Despite reports, The Plaza hotel in New York is not for sale, according to a statement by it owners, The Sahara Group, published at real estate blog Curbed.

Cities with direct rail access from downtown to airport terminals chalk up 11 percent more revenue per room than hotels in cities without a direct rail connection, according to a study by the American Public Transportation Association and the U.S. Travel Association.

Travel writer Peter Greenberg notes that there is an upcoming window of travel deals to be had during dead week between New Year's Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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In response to safety concerns, as of November 2016, all new tour buses and buses that offer service between cities will require seat belts, the Associated Press reports. Until then, hold on tight.

—By CNBC's Amy Langfield. Follow her on Twitter at @AmyLangfield .

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  • IBM takes aim at traffic nightmares

    Bob Picciano, IBM svp of analytics, discusses how IBM's smart traffic management system is using hi-tech to tackle traffic jams in New Jersey.

  • Restoring relations with Cuba

    I never expected to get this far, says Carlos Gutierrez, Albright Stonebridge Group, discussing the road ahead in establishing an embassy in Cuba and possible stumbling blocks, including banking issues.

  • Destination Cuba

    Nathan Lump, Travel + Leisure editor, discusses tourism potential in Cuba, and summer travel deals abroad.

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