Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, American Airlines Reports Most Profitable Quarter, United Faces Pricing Lawsuit

According to Standard & Poor’s, the 16-day government shutdown cost the U.S. economy $24 billion, reducing projected fourth-quarter GDP growth from 3 to 2.4 percent.

American Airlines reported the most profitable quarter in the company’s history, which may hurt its plans to merge with US Airways.

A new lawsuit facing United Airlines claims that customers with more frequent-flier miles are charged more for hotel rooms.

A private company is giving airport security checkpoints a makeover, adding leather couches, mood lighting, and pictures of conventionally attractive plants.

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