Travel Agents Optimistic

Bismarck, ND – Travel agents in North Dakota say they're optimistic that commercial air travel eventually will climb again.

Dickinson travel agency owner Craig Steve says some people will be leery of flying, but others will gain confidence from increased security measures. He says he's worried about too much government intervention in the airline industry.

MLT is a Northwest Airlines company with more than 400 workers at its reservation center in Minot. Spokeswoman Christy Sazama says the company is still evaluating the effects on its business and should know more by next month.

Bismarck travel agency owner Katherine Satrom says the government should recognize the relationship between the travel industry and the airlines.