Stalemate in Congress could be boon for travelers

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    DALLAS (AP) ? Gridlock in Congress could be a boon for airline consumers this weekend.

    Several federal air travel taxes were set to expire Friday night if Congress failed to pass legislation to keep the Federal Aviation Administration operating.

    That means travelers could avoid about $30 in taxes on a $300 round-trip ticket ? unless the airlines try to snatch the windfall for themselves by raising fares to offset the expiring taxes.