As the airline industry grapples with the high cost of aviation fuel, ABC and NBC settled on different angles. NBC's Tom Costello focused on the industry's lobbying campaign against commodities speculation in the oil market. The carriers have asked their frequent flying passengers to lobby federal regulators to crack down on market manipulation in a bid to make fuel cheaper. ABC's Lisa Stark used the news hook of USAirways' announcement that it is discontinuing in-flight movies to profile airlines' weight-loss efforts. The in-flight entertainment system is so heavy it costs $10m annually to fly around. NBC's In Depth feature was a preview of a primetime Business Nation documentary on CNBC by Tyler Mathisen on the Fuel Smart energy saving program at American Airlines. Planes are balanced so their center of gravity is as efficient as possible and there is a plan to replace pain with decals, for a potential savings of $19m.
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