Originally created 01/30/05

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Airline bankruptcy protection

It's an uncertain time for airlines nationwide. But that doesn't mean travelers need to avoid the skies completely.

Here are some ways to protect yourself from being left flightless if an airline goes bankrupt.

  • Travel agents are advising passengers to use credit cards in all instances when they book flights, rather than cash or checks. That way, a full refund can be granted by the airline.
  • Congress also just renewed legislation protecting passengers in the case of airlines going belly up. The measure, Section 145 of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of the intelligence reform bill, requires stronger carriers to accommodate travelers whose plans are disrupted by an airline's going out of business ñ when seats are available within 60 days. It also limits the fees these carriers can charge to $25 each way.
  • Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

    TODAY

    MUSIC AT THE MORRIS: The Morris Museum of Art will hold a program at 2 p.m. at the museum, 1 10th St. Soprano Martha Zakkary and Dr. Stephen Taylor will perform Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Puccini's La Boheme, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate. Docent-led tours will follow the performance. Admission is free. Seating is limited. For more information, call 724-7501.

    JAZZ PROGRAM: The Church of the Holy Comforter will hold a special jazz service at 10:30 a.m. at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road. Music of Duke Ellington, hymns and other jazz favorites will be performed under the direction of Robbie Jarrel. The public is welcome to attend. For information, call the church at 210-1133.

    MONDAY

    FILM SERIES: The Augusta State Film Series will continue with a screening of Burnt by the Sun at 7 p.m. in University Hall, on the ASU campus, 2500 Walton Way. Burnt by the Sun, the 1995 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, examines life in the late 1930's. The movie is free. For more information, call 737-1609. Cutlinearound townback in timeBoxToday in regional history:

    JAN. 30, 1977

    Bitterly cold weather which replaced Friday's comparatively balmy temperatures is expected to continue to plague Georgians through today, with the additional aggravation of a chance of snow late today or Monday.

    A chilling blast of arctic air sent the mercury plunging early Saturday, with overnight lows in some areas of the state dropping nearly 50 degrees below Friday's highs.

    Should Augusta residences be left without gas, the Red Cross emergency planning group has made arrangements to house people.

    Search for more about local history from the pages of The Augusta Chronicle's online archives. Subscribe to www.augustaarchives.com.

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