Traveling for Thanksgiving? Expect delays

Thanksgiving travel is already in full swing at Houston airports, and bad weather across the US is translating into flight delays
November 26, 2013 2:29:24 PM PST
Thanksgiving travel is already in full swing at Houston airports, and bad weather across the country means travelers are already experiencing delays.

More than 1.4 million passengers are expected to fly through George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport this Thanksgiving season.

Just Tuesday, more than 100,000 travelers will pass through Bush Airport and more than 38,000 through Hobby. But the delays adding up, you can almost feel that familiar holiday travel frustration building.

"The one bag they checked it to Dallas instead of checking it into Houston so we're still waiting for it," traveler Gladys Robinson said.

But strong winter storms are causing delays at both airports, so authorities are encouraging travelers to arrive at the airports about two hours before their domestic flight.

Meanwhile, major airports in cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Charlotte are expected to see even worse delays Wednesday as the weather worsens.

Heavy rain and high winds would impact travel by air and road in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, and could have a ripple effect on airports with departing and originating flights elsewhere.

Most airlines are hoping the storms won't be too severe, allowing them to continue operating a nearly full schedule with few cancellations, but likely a lot of delays, said Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, a global flight tracking service.

"Cancellations are used as a good, preventative measure to avoid cascading delays that can negatively impact travelers thousands of miles away," Baker said.

Heavy rain and breezy conditions were in the forecast Wednesday from the Carolinas to the Northeast, with ice and snow a possibility in the Appalachians, western Pennsylvania and western New York.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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