Flying circus

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Passenger rights are all the rage these days, with "rage" being the operative word.

Airlines, of course, are livid that the Clinton administration wants to legislate air-happiness. The government, for its part, figures it has latched on to a bread-and-butter issue that's got legs.

And as for passengers, well, who doesn't lug around a carry-on bag full of horror stories involving sadistic flight attendants and delays so long that Godot actually shows up?

The debate, no matter its outcome, is sure to hammer home one point: The ticket-buying public can't win because they haven't even been dealt in to the game. Does anybody really think that the two-weeks-in-Florida-every-February traveler is going to come out of this with some extra leg room and an in-flight snack made out of food? Uh-uh.

So if the federal government manages to shove its passenger-rights initiative down the airlines' throats, the carriers will spit up higher fares. Fact is, they've already said so.

The answer, though not everybody knows it yet, is yoga. Yoga clears the mind, cultivates patience and character. It builds strong bodies in at least 12 ways. Yes, with yoga, we may be able not just to fly, but to soar.

One thing, though: This yoga's not for you, it's for them.

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