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It’s getting ugly in the air (and sometimes on the ground), folks. The number of airline passengers actually ticked off enough to file a complaint with the Transportation Department has skyrocketed over the last couple of years, and the rebellion of human air freight has gone as far as the filing of three class action lawsuits claiming false imprisonment against Northwest Airlines. If certified, those suits would involve thousands of passengers trapped on aircraft that sat on the runway for as long as 11 hours as a blizzard raged over Detroit on January 2. Tempers frayed, passengers were threatened with arrest, and a good time was had by none.

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