The new consumer protections, finalized earlier this year, include requirements that airlines refund baggage fees if bags are lost, increase compensation provided to passengers bumped from oversold flights, and provide passengers greater protections from lengthy tarmac delays.

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Tickets for travel already purchased through Orbitz remain valid but changes must be made through American Airlines reservations by calling 1-800-433-7300.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways has become the first airline to launch an e-ticketing agreement with high-speed-rail company Eurostar, allowing passengers to book Eurostar tickets for onward high-speed-train journeys between London and Lille, Paris, Brussels and other Belgian cities.

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