What we’re reading: Vegas casinos holiday exhibits, a gift from the TSA, more airline delays due to competition

by Stephanus Surjaputra on December 24, 2013

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Vegas casinos draw tourists with holiday exhibits

Casinos are trying their best during this holiday season to attract families to Las Vegas.

In an attempt to lure tourists, Las Vegas casinos are staging increasingly elaborate holiday events.

The Bellagio has again transformed its conservatory into a faux winter wonderland featuring a 42-foot-tall Christmas tree, a life-sized candy house, a walk-through snow globe and topiary polar bears, all a few paces from the gambling floor.

A Christmas gift from the TSA

There are some thoughtful TSA agents out there, especially during this holiday season. Joan Smith wrote a letter to the Washington Post editor about a TSA agent who went out of his way to help her.

When my husband died a year ago, I put on my key ring the engraved pocketknife he received for his retirement. But when I arrived at Dulles International Airport for a recent trip, I forgot to remove the knife.

The agent said he would mail it to me and took my address, and I made the trip. Of course, I had some doubt that I would see the knife again, but I decided to risk it.

Sure enough, this gentleman — Frank — mailed the pocketknife to me at his own expense (even tracking it).

Study finds that competition may lead to more airline delays

Something unexpected happens when a low-cost carrier, like Southwest Airlines, enters a market to challenge the big boys.

According to a new study from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, increased competition from low-cost airlines seems to lower the on-time performance of the big airlines.

(Photo: Cygnusloop99/Wikimedia Commons)

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