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Passengers "more aware" of security issues: BA

Now more than ever, flights to Spain and other parts of the world are subject to ever more stringent safety measures. But passengers have become "more aware" of security issues, according to a British Airways (BA) spokesperson.

Since September 11th, airline security concerns have understandably increased. Knives and other sharp objects are banned from the cabin, as are drinks and quantities of liquid above 100ml, following fears that these could be used to make explosives.

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Federer unstoppable in 12th Grand Slam title

Roger Federer beat Serbia's Novak Djokovic to win a fourth successive US Open title in straight sets on Sunday.

Federer won 7-6, 7-6, 6-4, giving the world number one his 12th Grand Slam title - equal to Australia's Roy Emerson, and just two behind Pete Sampras' final tally of 14.

The Swiss star has been victorious in 12 of the 18 slams since his victory in Wimbledon in 2003 and seems set to claim his place in the record books as the most unstoppable man in tennis history.

Sunday's final did not see Federer at his best, with 20-year-old Djokovic having opportunities to win both the first and second sets.

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Djokovic reaches US Open semi-final

Novak Djokovic became the second man to reach three grand slam semi-finals this year, as he beat Spain's Carlos Moya 6-4 7-6 6-1 in the quarter-final of the US Open on Thursday.

While Djokovic's tennis proved compelling with a crucial tiebreaker in the second set, the third-seed proved that he could entertain spectators in other ways, earning laughter from the crowds with his on-court impressions of Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal.

"Obviously, the people are looking for that, a good tennis player, a player with a lot of emotions and personality. I'm really happy that people are looking at me that way," Djokovic said.

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Booking early can beat post-holiday blues

Been on holiday and feeling depressed about going back to work? Start booking your next Spanish holiday now if you want to beat the post-vacation blues, celebrity psychologist Donna Dawson suggests.

More than two in three British holidaymakers feel sad or miserable when they get back from a trip abroad, according to research conducted by Birmingham International Airport.

Around one in eight admitted to making an excuse to gain a few extra hours in bed, while a further one in sixteen said they called in sick and skipped work altogether, all within a fortnight of returning home from their holidays.

But booking early can beat the blues, says Donna Dawson, a psychologist who has appeared as guest consultant on TV shows such as 'This Morning', 'The Richard and Judy Show' and 'Sky News'

"Booking your holiday early.

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Paper airline tickets will become thing of the past

Holidaymakers heading for Spain will no longer suffer from headaches over where they left their tickets, with paper airline tickets set to become a thing of the past from June next year.

From June 1st 2008, every airline ticket issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will come in electronic form, making journeys cheaper and tickets less easy to lose.

IATA, which represents more than 240 airlines providing 94 per cent of international scheduled air traffic, has announced that it has placed its last order for traditional paper tickets, which it currently supplies to some 60,000 travel agents in 162 countries around the world.

"This is a 'last call' for paper tickets," Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's director general and CEO told CNN.

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Feliciano leaves Federer unflustered

World number one, Roger Federer remained unflustered on Monday as he came back from a first set defeat against Spain's Feliciano Lopez to book himself a place in the US Open quarter-final against Andy Roddick.

The Swiss tennis star, who is chasing his fourth consecutive US Open title, found himself in the unusual position of being a set down to 60th seed Lopez after 24 minutes.

But the world number one remained calm in face of his opponent, going on to win the fourth-round match 3-6 6-4 6-1 6-4.

"When you do lose a set like that (and) the other guy is playing unbelievable, you just start to wonder, 'maybe tonight it's not going to work out for me'," Federer said, speaking at a post-match news conference.

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Customers should book flights early: ABTA

Holidaymakers heading for the luxury La Manga resort should book their flights to Alicante early if they are to achieve the best deal.

Those heading out on holiday can get better deals on their flights, but in order to do so they should book them "as early as possible", the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has advised.

Sean Tipton, speaking on behalf of the ABTA, suggests that taking the time to compare prices and considering airlines from outside the UK can often offer passengers the best deals.

"It is always advisable for people to shop around," Mr Tipton advised.

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Cartagena becoming must-see place for tourists

The number of tourists visiting the historic Spanish town of Cartagena has shot up this year, according to local authorities.

Day trips organised by Cartagena's Puerto de Culturas programme saw ten per cent more visitors to the town in July than were there in the same month a year ago, website ThinkSpain reports.

Puerto de Culturas is an independent association which enables tourists and holidaymakers to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the town's history and culture, which is often unjustly overlooked by guidebooks and day-trippers.

The town that once played host to Hannibal and legions of Carthaginian soldiers on their way to Rome now sees 40 per cent of its visitors from overseas.

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Brits want a place in the Spanish sun

A Spanish beach is the most popular location for Britons are searching for their place in the sun, according to a new report.

Over 40 per cent of all homeowners in the UK would like to buy a place overseas one day - and a quarter of these would prefer a place by the Spanish sea, the Overseas Desirability Report conducted by thinkproperty.com has shown.

An idyllic location was the most important factor for the 2,700 homeowners surveyed by the independent property website.

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Wetterich leading Deutsche Bank Championship pack

Brett Wetterich edged his way into a one-shot lead in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sunday, hitting a five-under-par round of 66.

Mr Wetterich, at 13 under is currently a single shot ahead of Arron Oberholser, who also made it round in 66 on Sunday.

"I had a great day," Mr Wetterich said after he took the lead in the second leg of the four-event FedExCup series.

"I made some great putts and I really gained a stroke or two by making par on the fifth so I can't complain," he added.

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