Airline apps check you in, follow your luggage

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    Now that half of all travelers carry smartphones, airlines are rolling out apps that allow these devices to take care of most of the tasks agents used to handle.

    While many travel apps specialize in things like tracking a flight (FlightStats) or guiding travelers through airports (GateGuru), the airline apps aim to do it all: from checking in to flight status updates and baggage tracking. American and Delta offer apps for the broadest range of devices: the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows phones. Southwest has apps for all of them except Windows, and United and Continental offer apps for iPhones and Androids. JetBlue released its first iPhone app on Feb. 6. Separate apps are in the works for the iPad and other tablets. Depending on the function, some apps are better than others, but all are free, and most travelers will find them to be useful tools, particularly on the day of travel. Here are a few of the ways you can use airline apps.

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