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• Airline travel

Passengers should arrive at Portland International Airport two hours before their flight leaves, earlier for morning flights, when PDX is busiest. Port of Portland police will conduct random searches of cars approaching the airport. Cars will be stopped on Northeast Airport Way for a two-minute visual search.

• Changing travel plans

Several airlines are accommodating customers who change travel plans due to war or fear of terrorist attack. Details are on airline Web sites.

• Battlefield communications

The American Red Cross' Oregon Trail Chapter facilitates emergency communications between active-duty military members and their families. Families of active service members can call 503-284-1234.

• Financial assistance

The Red Cross puts families in touch with military aid societies. Active service members' families can call 503-284-1234. Financial donors can call 1-800-435-7669. The Red Cross also provides confidential emergency referrals and guidance to families.

• Letters from the front

If you would like to share with Tribune readers e-mails and letters received from friends and relatives in the Iraq war, contact News Editor Connie Pickett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 503-546-5167.