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Passengers check the departing flights at the Delta Air Lines terminal at JFK International airport in New York. The government says nearly 84 percent of domestic flight arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled time in the first half of this year.

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Now arriving on time: Your flight and suitcase

U.S. airlines are more punctual and less likely to lose your bag than at any time in more than two decades. Travelers still have to put up with packed planes, rising fees and unpredictable security lines, but they are late to fewer business meetings and are not missing as many chances to tuck their kids into bed.

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