Tom Hendricks, senior vice president of safety, security and operations at the Air Transport Association, says airlines' and airports' management of the recent hurricane's disruption went smoothly, and the effect on travelers was minimized by the Federal Aviation Administration's and Transportation Security Administration's preparations. "We've handled this very well," but it will still take several days to get back on track. Hendricks also said it's difficult to determine the financial effect that Hurricane Irene will have on airlines. He explains that the results will depend largely on how many travelers are able to complete their trips compared with how many cancel.

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