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NARITA, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) At least 150 people have been unable to catch their connecting flights at Narita airport since Japan initiated onboard quarantine inspections two weeks ago to prevent the global spread of the H1N1 influenza virus, air carriers said.

Airlines like All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines are providing such passengers free hotel stays since the inspections started April 28 for direct flights from Mexico and North America, which have suffered fatalities linked to the so-called swine flu.

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