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American, Delta revive deal to handle stranded passengers

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and Delta are reviving a deal that lets them put passengers on each other’s planes when travelers are stranded by disruptions like winter storms and computer outages.

The new deal took effect on Wednesday. The airlines aren’t disclosing financial terms such as how much they charge to accommodate the other’s passengers.

American and Delta are the nation’s two largest carriers. They stopped cooperating to handle each other’s stranded passengers in September 2015. Delta complained that it was taking far more passengers who were rebooked from American than it sent the other way.

The previous agreement went further. It let passengers book trips with flights on both airlines under the same itinerary — with their baggage being transferred too — but that is not included in the new deal.

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