New York — Travel delays are on the rise, with the worst impact likely to affect those flying out before Christmas. winter storm Go to the tri-state area.
According to CBS2’s Zinnia Maldonado, LaGuardia had a steady flow of travelers through Thursday morning, but the momentum has slowed.
Airport authorities are urging people to arrive early and warn them not to miss their flights.
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“There are no extra flights, so if you miss a flight, you may miss your flight and your vacation may be blown,” said Maurice Oakley, a customer service representative for American Airlines. People need to know that today and tomorrow come three to four hours earlier, if you are traveling with pets or if they are traveling internationally.”
At LaGuardia Airport, there were long TSA lines as people pushed for flights in hopes of reaching their destinations on time.
“We looked at the weather forecast and it said it would be fine, but we didn’t expect such a huge queue. It’s a bigger storm for us,” said one person.
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“I may have changed flights in Denver because I had a layover in Denver, and I may have to change again because of the snow,” said another.
Delta, United and Frontier are waiving change fees and giving travelers the option to choose a new flight. American Airlines said it operates in “all hands on deck” mode. Southwest Airlines reportedly canceled 500 of his 4,000 flights scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
Storms are affecting people planning to travel by plane, train or car. About 190 million people have received some form of winter weather advisory, according to the National Weather Service.
The AAA expects traffic on New York’s busiest roads to double on Friday.
AAA’s Robert Sinclair Jr. said, “We can expect large crowds, but it gets worse when the weather turns bad.”
Travel experts said passengers are entitled to a full refund, as well as credit for future travel, if an airline cancels a flight.
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