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This story appears in the November 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If you thought air travel in a post-September 11 world was difficult, wait 'til post-November 19.

November 19 is the deadline for airports to switch from private security to government-employed screeners as required by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act. The timing couldn't be worse: The period between Thanksgiving and New Year's is one of the busiest for airline travel. Airline critics such as Kevin Mitchell of the Business Travel Coalition are predicting long delays. "You might have to wait as much as three hours to get checked in," Mitchell warns.

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