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Consumers Too Scared To Set Sail?

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SALISBURY, Md. - For months, we've been seeing airlines struggle with labor and safety issues. We watched the Costa Concordia disaster play out, and now Carnival's nightmare cruise.

Passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph were so happy to part ways with the ship, they locked lips with dry land. Five days without power is finally over, but is the ordeal enough to sway others from sailing?

"It's an unfortunate mishap, but it's such a good value and people that go on cruises have such a good time, we'll see them come back," said John Hall, President of Hall's Tidewater Travel Agency in Salisbury.

A good value, which many people are hoping will get even better, but a local travel agent says think again.

"I don't think with fuel prices escalating, that they can afford to drop their prices," said Hall.

Whether you set sail or not, most of us here on Delmarva have to fly to get on a boat anyway. Now, with American Airlines and US airways merging, officials say there will be more opportunities for passengers going through the Salisbury/Wicomico Airport.

"American flies to a lot of smaller markets in Texas, up through Oklahoma, Arkansas and places like that, that US Airways does not fly to. That's going to open up more destinations. I am afraid though, that prices for tickets will slowly begin to creep up," said Airport Manager, Robert Bryant.

Right now, airlines are hesitant to raise fares. Delta tried, but when no other airline matched it, a spokesman says they backed off.

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