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As passengers are experiencing delays and canceled flights more than usual over the Fourth of July, an Axios report revealed that airlines knew ahead of time there would be problems.

Axios’s Joann Muller reported that Delta Air Lines knew it would face “operational challenges” over the Fourth of July holiday weekend when millions of people travel.

However, the airline attempted to get ahead of a potential problem by allowing customers to change their  plans with free rebooking, normally at a fee as high as $200 a ticket.

Delta’s systemwide travel waiver allows customers the opportunity to “rebook their trip to before or after potentially challenging weekend travel days – with no fare difference or change fees, as long as customers travel between the same origin and destination.”

As Axios pointed out, the waiver from Delta allows customers not to pay the fare difference for a new flight as long as the new flight has the same point of origin and destination. However, the travel window from Delta is tight, specifying rebooked trips haved to be completed by July 8, a Friday, and not allowing customers to extend travel to the weekend.

Despite all of this, no one wants to take the blame. The airline industry and the federal government agency responsible for air travel — Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) — have been blaming each other.

Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian, told his staff in a webinar on June 29 that he sees a “stressed” air traffic control system as the leading cause of flight disruption.

“This is about a partnership and the government needs to step up,” Bastian added. “It should get better, but this is going to be a constraint that’s going to stay with us for some time.”

But Biden’s Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, the head of the department that oversees the FAA, has blamed the airlines, which saw a significant drop in air travel during the coronavirus pandemic, for downsizing as the reason behind the struggles.

“The majority of cancellations, and the majority of delays, have nothing to do with air traffic control staffing,” Buttigieg told NBC News’s Lester Holt on June 28.

The airline industry also received $54 billion in federal aid during the coronavirus pandemic, Axios noted.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.

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MORNING talk shows are often a place for a group of people to come together to discuss the issues of the day.

Along the way, there are often jokes and games and lighthearted segments designed for viewers to welcome the day ahead.

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But sometimes, the lighthearted nature can be overshadowed by real life strife amongst the hosts of these shows.

For all the on-camera smiles, there are plenty of stories of behind the scenes animosity.

Co-hosts who are expected to smile and playfully banter with each other can instead turn vicious, especially when personal feeling or opinions creep into the conversations.

Other times, the hosts may have personal, off-screen problems or issues that inevitably end up as dirty laundry being outed on-air.

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In many cases, the arguing can lead to the end of relationships, or even the end of shows entirely.

Take a look back at some of the biggest morning show feuds.

HODA KOTB VS. SAVANNAH GUTHRIE 8Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb in 2022Credit: Getty

For Today show fans, reports of a feud between Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie have sparked a flurry of speculation about their relationship and the apparent tensions between them.

The Sun exclusively reported in June that despite their sunny dispositions towards each other on-screen, behind the scenes the pair secretly "can't stand each other."

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"Savannah is the boss. After Matt Lauer was ousted, Savannah grabbed power, and she really wanted Willy Geist in Hoda's role, but his ratings were just not up to par for the network," the source told The Sun. 

"Hoda out maneuvered Savannah and got the spot." 

The source continued: "[Savannah] thinks of herself as a real news person," while Hoda is seen as "the lightweight that drank wine with Kathy Lee Gifford."

KELLY RIPA VS. MICHAEL STRAHAN 8Behind the smiles, Kelly Ripa felt abandoned by Michael StrahanCredit: Getty

Years before Michael Strahan sat behind the desk at Good Morning America, he was Kelly Ripa's co-host on Live with Kelly and Michael.

But in 2016, he suddenly announced he was leaving Kelly, and making the move to GMA.

Kelly did not take the surprising news well, and sources said she felt blindsided by it all.

They said the mom of three saw the decision not to warn her earlier as “huge sign of disrespect”.

And a source told E! she was "livid" when she was eventually told of the move, adding: "It wasn't pretty."

Kelly would be so distraught, she took some personal time of her own away from the show.

When she eventually returned to Live, she spoke with viewers about “respect in the workplace".

Kelly told them: "What transpired, though, over the course of a few days has been extraordinary in the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace."

Michael ended up leaving the show for Good Morning America four months before had been planned.

In an interview with The New York Times in 2020 he confirmed his time on Live! Kelly and Michael had been "an experience" and said his departure "could have been handled better."

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Journalist Ann Curry is still "hurt" over her Today Show firing, nearly a decade later, as she insisted that she "did nothing wrong."

In 2020, the 65-year-old sat down for an interview with Elle for their touched on her exit from the massively popular news show, and how she is still confused about her firing.

The drama kicked off in 2012 as Ann departed from the NBC program after just a year of co-hosting Today with Matt Lauer.

A rumor at the time suggested that the exit was due to a lack of "chemistry" with Matt, as other reports claimed he had played a role in forcing Ann out of the position.

During her sendoff on June 28, 2012, Ann told the TV audience while crying: "This is not as I expected, to ever leave this couch, after 15 years [at NBC]. But I am so grateful, especially to all of you who watch.”

Matt, 62, wouldn't stick around either as just five years later he would also be fired for much more serious reasons after a female colleague accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior.

"I still don't really understand. I know I did nothing wrong. I know I was good at my job," Ann told Elle.

She added: "The bottom line is that it still hurts. It honestly hurts really deeply, because I really think I did nothing wrong."

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Star Jones currently presides over the syndicated show Divorce Court. But that job only came after her own messy divorce from Barbara Walters, and The View.

The lawyer was one of the original co-hosts of the daytime talk show, joining at the beginning in 1997 and staying until she was cut from the cast in 2006, right before the 10th season.

Her time on The View ended in scandal when rumors of her plan to get gastric bypass surgery hit mainstream media.

The author had planned to go public with the decision in 2007 but blamed her The View co-hosts Barbara Walters and Joy Behar for first outing the news, claiming they wanted to dismantle her image.

At the time, the TV star released a statement to PEOPLE, reading: “My time at The View was one of the great opportunities of my lifetime. Of course there were conflicts over the years, however I will forever consider Barbara Walters (along with my dear friend, the late Johnny Cochran) to be one of my two most influential mentors.

"The opportunity to sit beside her for so many years was a ‘master class’ in many aspects of my personal and professional life that I relish and am eternally grateful for."

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Conservative panelist Meghan McCain walked away from The View in July 2021, after a cruel on-air comment Joy Behar.

It came after Meghan had been away from The View on maternity leave following the birth of daughter, Liberty.

The Republican author said: “ I finally went back to the show, and the day I went back to the show, Joy Behar said on air, ‘Nobody missed you, we didn’t miss you, you shouldn’t have come back.’

“And I just… I started hysterically crying. Sorry gentlemen, I know, I started lactating on air and I started crying."

Meghan claimed that the show was an unwelcoming environment as she returned back to work.

“I didn’t feel supported when I had my baby and I didn’t feel supported coming back and that was ultimately it. That was why I left!.”

Since she quit, Meghan has been outspoken about her bad experiences both on-air and behind-the-scenes.

She told The Commentary Magazine Podcast: “It was a very egregious toxic work environment.”

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Longtime The View host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was a staple on the panel for more than a decade that spanned from 2003 to her exit in 2013.

In March 2013, reports spread that the outspoken host had been fired for having views that are “too conservative.”

Comedic actress Rosie joined the round table on the daytime program in 2006 but left just one year later when she could not reach a contract agreement.

The two have been in a feud since their now-famous blowout fight from a May 2007 episode over the Iraq war.

Rosie was met with Republican backlash after she made a controversial comment about the killed civilians in Iraq.

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After she claimed Elisabeth failed to defend her, she asked her on-air: “You are my friend since September. Do you believe that I think our troops are terrorists? And you would not even look me in the face, Elisabeth, and say, ‘No, Rosie.’”

Elisabeth yelled back: “Do not call me a coward because, number one, I sit there every single day and open my heart to tell people exactly what I believe.”

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