Class Acts & Crass Acts
By Donna Rosato


What Do You do if the airline you're flying goes bust in the middle of your vacation? Just transfer your ticket to another carrier. Thank Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) for reviving a passenger-protection provision that ended in November. It requires airlines to accept tickets from failed carriers for no more than $25 each way. The original ticket cost is covered if you bought with plastic, but the assurance you won't be stranded is priceless. —DONNA ROSATO


Oh, So That's whose side he was on. Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) has made himself the new poster boy for Washington's revolving-door politics: The outgoing congressman has taken hundreds of thousands in campaign cash from drugmakers, and in 2003 he pushed through a Medicare law that favors pharmaceutical giants. And now? A new job as head of big pharma's main lobbying group, with a reported $2 million paycheck. —JONAH FREEDMAN