Program seeks to limit missed flight connections

CHICAGO (AP) - Airline passengers on edge about missing connecting flights when their international flights into the United States are late may have reason to relax.

At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, one of the world's busiest hubs, federal authorities are using new procedures to help travelers through customs quickly.

Airlines that see a plane is late find passengers who will have less than 90 minutes to make a connection and give them bright-orange cards that let them cut to the short, fast-moving customs lines.

Airport officials say it has sharply reduced the numbers of missed connections by international travelers at O'Hare, saving airlines millions lost in rebooking passengers.

The program could be introduced at other major U.S. airports. Los Angeles International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport have expressed interest.

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