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Archive Transportation: Leisure

  • Alaska Airlines

    Alaska Airlines debuted a DIY checked-bagging system at its largest hub on Tuesday. Travelers flying out of Seattle-Tacoma can apply bag tags themselves during the check-in process. Alaska will introduce the feature at more U.S. airports this summer.

  • AeroVironment's Raven drone

    As the two longest wars in American history come to a close, and defense spending decelerates, defense contractors are quickly devising ways to alter their war-time technology for commercial and civilian use.

  • Southwest Airlines planes

    Southwest, which dominates domestic air travel, is expanding internationally. A new reservations system and international terminal are part of the carrier's emerging, global presence.

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    As auto sales grow so is the length of time consumers are taking to pay for their new car or truck.

  • A passenger checks in at a United Continental Holdings Inc. kiosk.

    United Airlines on Tuesday announced the launch of a daily nonstop flight from Denver International Airport to Narita International Airport in Tokyo. The airline will fly the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route.

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    It's the type of airline reservation no one likes to make. A family member or loved one is seriously ill or has passed away and you need to travel immediately. Some airlines offer discounts, though policies vary widely.

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    Business travel is rebounding to pre-recession levels. But with rising travel prices, companies still look to control spending and some require the use of mandated travel programs. Others encourage a network of preferred airlines, hotels and rental car companies.

  • US Airways planes

    A US Airways jetliner flying from Paris to Charlotte, N.C., diverted to Bangor, Maine Tuesday because of what an airline spokesman described as a "security issue."

  • SpaceX Launches Rocket to Supply International Space Station

    Private space company SpaceX launched its "Falcon 9" rocket today. CNBC's Jane Wells discusses which defense companies face government cuts this year, and Jeff Kilburg, Kilburg Capital, weighs in on how to play the sector.

  • Allegiant Air

    Airlines reserve a growing number of seats to passengers willing to pay for premium locations or hold them back for their best customers. But this often separates families. Road warriors can help out families this busy summer travel period.

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    From checkpoint-friendly laptop bags to solid shampoo bars, there's a host of products available to take the pain out of restrictions imposed by airport security and airlines alike.

  • Delta Airlines

    Delta Air Lines may have charged some frequent flyers higher airfares than other customers for almost three weeks because of a website glitch. The problem was fixed, but could it happen again?

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    Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the busy summer travel period. Airports and flights will be packed. But what do you do if you're bumped off your flight? It's important to know your rights.

  • Comfort Suites

    Comfort Inn is on a mission to improve customer satisfaction and be more competitive. Upgrades to furniture, fixtures, equipment and check-in areas are underway.

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    Americans are still cautious about summer travel plans, according to three surveys released this week, USA Today reports. Especially hard hit are early baby boomers.

  • Avis rental car

    As the busy summer car-rental season begins, prices are forecast to spike, The New York Times reports. Here are some tips for keeping costs down.

  • Virgin Atlantic

    On some Virgin Atlantic planes, you'll be able to phone home in the air, USA Today says. Will it ruin the cabin experience?

  • Henry Kissinger

    Henry Kissinger, the jet-setting diplomat who invented shuttle diplomacy, reportedly had to go through a full pat-down before a flight to Toronto at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

  • In these tough market conditions, it could be said that no private jet model is 100 per cent safe. But this has not stopped new types of private jet travel emerging.

  • Lightning Hits French President Hollande's Plane

    France's new president Francois Hollande takes office today, but on his way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, his plane was struck by lightning and forced to return to Paris. CNBC's Sue Herera reports.