Thanksgiving travelers were helped by favorable weather in most American Tuesdays, but flight delays piled up at airports around the…
Thanksgiving travelers were helped by favorable weather in most American Tuesdays, but flight delays piled up at airports around the country at the end of the day.
Our and ugly forecasts threaten to make driving more challenging the next day or two.
By late Tuesday afternoon, fewer than 150 US flights had been interrupted – a low number of all considerations. But 3,000 flights were delayed, according to FlightAware tracking service.
The largest number of delays – about 400 – were at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where dense fog dropped the pace in departures and arrivals. Flights to Boston and Newark, New Jersey, were also more likely to be delayed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Then there was flights to San Francisco, where visibility has decreased due to smoke from the wilderness in Paradise, California.
Driving was difficult in parts of New England. The remains of a new snowstorm left rugged road conditions over much of the region and the forecast demanded more snow on Wednesday followed by windy winds and high temperatures in the teens on Thanksgiving Day in northern New England.
Rain, with snow at higher altitudes can slow traffic on Wednesday in much of California, Oregon and Washington.
The AAA car club predicts that 54.3 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home between Wednesday and Sunday, the highest number since 2005 and an increase of 5 percent compared with last year. AAA says 48 million will drive and 4.7 million will fly.
Looking at a longer 1
2-day period, the airline’s commercial group Airlines for America predicts that a record of 30.6 million people will fly on US airlines, up from 29 million last year. It’s more than 2.5 million a day.
The airline group expects Wednesday to be the second most busy day in the holiday season behind Sunday, when many travelers arrive at home.
Travelers should prepare for long lines at the airport checkpoints. Transport Security Administration is expected to tighten approximately 25 million people between Monday and next Monday, an increase of 5 percent compared with last year.
The airline number is bigger because the forecast covers an additional day and it is a matter of connecting passengers again, while TSA only count these people once they pass the control point.
TSA says the holiday jump really started on Friday – like last year but earlier than previous years. Sunday after Thanksgiving is expected to be one of TSA’s 10 busiest days ever.