The airline industry seems to be trying to turn financial crisis into marketing opportunity. With service cuts and fare hikes scheduled for this fall, both ABC's Lisa Stark and CBS' Cynthia Bowers framed the looming shock as a heads up for passengers that they should buy tickets immediately for Thanksgiving and Christmas. "The early bird could be the only one guaranteed to fly," Bowers warned. "This is no time to relax if you want to travel over the fall holidays," Stark pitched in. The high cost of aviation fuel, obviously, is a factor in the airlines' problems. ABC's David Muir considered whether motorists will save on fuel by lifting that foot off the pedal. Will the nationwide 55 mph speed limit, in effect from 1974 through the mid-90s, be reimposed to mandate more efficient driving? No chance "Other than Prohibition, it was probably the most neglected criminal law ever passed," asserted Alan Pisarski, author of Commuting in America.
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