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    U.S. skies to reopen at 11 a.m. EDT
    Passengers trickled into New York's LaGuardia airport Thursday morning. Federal officials have allowed New York's airports to reopen on a "limited basis."

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that U.S. airspace would be reopened at 11 a.m. EDT, but some airlines have announced they won't be resuming their regularly scheduled flights at that time.

    The department said only those airports that meet new tighter security guidelines would be allowed to reopen.

    American Airlines said it expected to complete 153 flights that were diverted. At least one flight had already reached its destination, from Canada to Dallas, Texas.

    Continental Airlines said it was suspending its regular schedule for Thursday, but will fly its diverted flights. Continental officials also said they may add at least one flight to accommodate their passengers.

    Northwest Airlines said that regardless of airports status, its flights would not resume until 6 p.m. central time.
    Southwest Airlines said it will not resume its flights Thursday.

    Earlier Thursday, all three New York airports -- La Guardia, Kennedy and Newark -- re-opened on a "limited basis," New York Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said.

    He gave no indication how many flights would be allowed in and out of New York.

    As of 7:20 a.m., no flights have come in and no flights have gone out of New York.

    Washington decided to keep the Ronald Reagan National Airport closed. Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority released a statement, saying that facilities at Dulles are open, but the airlines will not be ticketing passengers.

    The statement also says it is unlikely any flights will be operating at Dulles.

    On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration gave clearance for flights diverted from their flight paths after Tuesday's terrorist attacks to continue on to their original destination, but ordered all other commercial air traffic to remain grounded.

    "I have directed the FAA to reopen, on a limited basis, the nation's airspace" for the planes diverted from their original destinations, said Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, who noted that officials are assessing the progress of airports complying with new stringent security guidelines, as well as potential security threats.

    The FAA has ordered all airports, currently closed under grounding orders, to meet new heightened security guidelines before they are allowed to reopen.

    Among the restrictions:

    * A total ban on knives of any material. Previously, knives with blades shorter than 4 inches had been allowed.

    * Curbside and off-airport check-ins will be eliminated.

    * The use of federal air marshals, common in the early 1970s during a spate of hijackings, will be stepped up.

    * More officers will be on duty at the nationís airports.

    * There will be more physical checks on passengers.

    * All but ticketed passengers will be prohibited from proceeding past airport metal detectors.

    * Airport security screeners will be required to meet higher standards, and the contractors who supply the security personnel will be required to report to the FAA.

    The Justice Department is assisting with security staffing, CNN has learned. It has ordered as many as a thousand federal security officers to boost airport and jetliner security.

    Aviation and regulatory sources have not been able to say whether the variety of new security measures will be permanent or temporary.

    The FAA ordered all U.S. flights be grounded for the first time in history after Tuesday's terrorist hijackings and plane crashes.

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