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Good Monday morning to you!

I am not a fan of flying in airplanes. Too many people. Too small of a space. And not enough margin for error. I get anxious when flying, and the spread of COVID-19 hasn’t helped matters. But like many of you, I do fly a handful of times per year. The travel time is faster than driving a car, and I like that. I also like… did I mention that it was faster?

Maybe the most frustrating part of flying is arriving at your gate only to learn that your flight has been oversold. You have likely dealt with this. Maybe you gave up your seat for vouchers. Or maybe you were stranded at the airport with no acceptable options.

Imagine this happening in any other industry. You buy a car online and show up at the dealership only to learn that the vehicle you thought you bought was sold to another person as well. Or you purchase a home from a Realtor and arrive at the closing to learn that your home has two others there who bought it, too. Or on a smaller level, you stop by to pick up groceries you ordered and are told that your milk is no longer available, but the cashier will give you a 50-cent voucher if you come back in a few days.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, this “bumping” is not illegal. Airlines are allowed to oversell their scheduled flights “in order to compensate for no-shows.” The DOT site also says some airlines do sell only enough tickets to fill every seat. Would you like to know which airlines those are? Sounds like a great marketing promotion. “We won’t sell your seat to others!”

What if an airline offers to put you on standby on another flight that’s full? It could happen, and you could be stuck at the airport for a long time. It happened to me — for two nights at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. My newfound and frustrated friends invited me to join them in renting a car and driving back to Des Moines. I respectfully declined, as I trusted the airline would take care of me. Bad choice. They beat me home.

Let’s say no passengers are willing to voluntarily give up their seat. Then what? Well, the airline will then force some passengers to give up their seats based on their check-in times, the fares they paid, or their frequent flyer status, according to the DOT.

Bottom line, if you want to avoid being bumped on a flight this holiday season, make sure that you have a confirmed reservation, that you check in to your flight on time, and that you arrive at the departure gate on time. And be prepared to rent a car.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

President and Publisher
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A warming trend as we head toward Christmas with a small chance for mixed precipitation for the weekend.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Monday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.
“A Magical Cirque Christmas”
At: Stephens Auditorium/Fisher Theater/Scheman Building
Info: www.center.iastate.edu/events

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FROM KCCI: Pipeline firm fights order to name Iowa landowners in path

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A company that wants to build a pipeline to carry carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Iowa and several other states to North Dakota where it would be stored underground is fighting Iowa regulators’ order to reveal the names of business and governments in the path of the $4.5 billion project.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: INSIDERS: Branstad urges Iowans to support carbon pipeline proposed to run through 30 counties

Part 1: Branstad urges Iowans to support carbon pipeline proposed to run through 30 counties: Some Iowans in nearly a third of the state’s counties are getting a letter signed by former Gov. Terry Branstad asking them to support a new pipeline that would run underneath their property. Branstad is working in support of Ames-based Summit Carbon Solutions.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Two teens die, three others hurt in Iowa rollover crash

WINNESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa — Two teens died and three more were seriously hurt when the SUV they were riding in rolled three times.  The Iowa State Patrol said the crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday in a rural part of Winneshiek County between Decorah and Cresco.. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score

No. 11 Iowa State men cruise past Southeastern Louisiana, 77-54. The last time Iowa State won its first 11 games was the 2013-14 season. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Prairie Trail Store
1. Mainstream Boutique
2. Tanique
3. Maria Vincent Boutique


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Family reunites to share a home

By Rachel Harrington

Tracy Higgins and her family are brand new residents to Winterset, having moved into their house in September. Tracy’s father, who has lived on his own in Georgia, was asked by his daughters if he’d move to Iowa.

“My mom and I were living in an apartment in Indianola,” she shares. “I’ve always liked living in apartments because I liked being able to call maintenance for things like leaky sinks. I started to worry about my dad living on his own, so I asked if he'd be willing to move up here. My sisters and I thought that, if we got him to move up, we’d all have our own houses.

"My sisters lived together, and I lived with my mom. Dad said he’d move up here, but the caveat was that we’d all live in the same house together. My parents have been divorced for over 20 years. I don’t think he especially wanted to live with my mother again, but he knew mom came with me — that it was a package deal.”


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"Threshold," a public art piece that honors former Des Moines Mayor Tom Urban, who died in 2020, was installed last week.  The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation commissioned the artwork on behalf of Urban's friends and family for the collection at the Botanical Garden. Learn more about the Foundation and its public art projects here.

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Jonah Hill, Calvin Ridley, JoJo, Bob Morley, Jenny Agutter, Chris Robinson, Peter Criss, David Cook

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Poll of the Week

What is atop your Christmas tree?

An angel
A star
A bow


How many times have you seen "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”?

None - 10%
1 time - 11%
2-5 times - 20%
6-10 times - 11%
11 times or more - 48%

Morning Chuckle

What do frogs order when they go to a restaurant?

FRENCH FLIES AND CROAK! Great job Rex Post. Judy Anderson suggested "People Legs." Gail Tomlinson suggested "Rib tips (ribit)." William Snyder suggested "Drumsticks." Mark Mitchell contributed "A rarebit sandwich." Lori Blum added "Croak-a-cola and welsh ribbit." Ron Sorenson guessed "ribbettes," “cheese & croakers,” and " anything from I-HOP!"


Why did the frog go to the hospital?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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