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Travel delays mount as winter storm moves into Tri-State Area, threatens flight cancellations right before holidays

NEW YORK — Travel delays are mounting and the toughest affect could also be on these flying out days before Christmas as a winter storm moves into the Tri-State Area.

There was a gentle stream of vacationers at LaGuardia Airport all through Thursday morning, but it surely has been slowing down, CBS2’s Zinnia Maldonado reported. 

Airport officers are urging folks to reach early and warning them to not miss their flights – or they could not be capable to get to their locations. 

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“There are no extra flights. So if you miss your flight, you will not get on a flight and there your holiday could be blown,” stated Mauricette Oakley, an American Airlines customer support agent. “Travelers need to know for today and tomorrow to come three to four hours early. There are certain things, we have to check them in, that require them to come to the customer service agent, like if they’re traveling with a pet or if they’re traveling internationally.”

There had been prolonged TSA traces at LaGuardia as people pushed up their flights hoping to get to their locations on time. 

“When we looked at the predictions for the weather it said that we’re OK, but we didn’t expect these huge lines. That’s a bigger storm for us,” one particular person stated. 

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“We might have switch our flights in Denver because we’re connecting there. So we might have to switch again because of the snow,” one other particular person stated. 

Delta, United and Frontier are waving change charges and providing vacationers the choice of selecting new flights. American stated it is working in “all hands on deck” mode. Southwest studies it canceled 500 of its 4,000 scheduled Thursday and Friday flights. 

The storm is impacting these planning to journey by air, practice or automobile. Around 190 million persons are underneath some type of winter climate advisory, in response to the National Weather Service. 


Millions of Americans touring for the holidays

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AAA expects visitors on New York’s busiest roads to be double the same old quantity Friday as commuters combine with vacation vacationers. 

“You can anticipate a lot of company and if the weather’s going to be bad, makes it even worse,” stated AAA’s Robert Sinclair Jr.

Travel consultants stated passengers have the right to a full refund, not simply credit score for future journey, if an airline cancels their flight. 

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