New York — ofcausing massive travel disruptions sweeping the country.
A powerful weather system has resulted in whiteout conditions and sub-zero temperatures. A cold weather warning is in effect for the northwest and east coast.
And, as you can imagine, it’s holding people back from trying to get to their vacation destination.
Newark Liberty International Airport had 496 delays and 27 cancellations on Thursday.
John F. Kennedy International Airport had 480 delays and 40 cancellations.
At LaGuardia Airport, they were 395 and 106 respectively. As a result, there were many annoyed faces passing through the terminal.
“My flight was delayed about three times,” said Megan Shields.
Shields was originally booked for a 4pm flight.
“And then it was canceled, it was delayed, it was changed to another flight. Same thing. I tried to get on a previous flight with a different airline. It was ridiculous. Now someone put me there Can you take me there?” Shields said.
All airlines have their hands on the deck, advising anyone planning to fly out on Friday to get to the airport three or four hours early.
“We’re in line now and it’s a mile to talk to someone, so it’s not going well right now,” said Matthew Skynyrd.
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Some airlines charge change fees and offer customers the option of changing to another flight.
Lucia Mejia’s flight was actually brought forward by five hours.
“We never know. They might change it to three. We’re here early because we might miss our flight,” Mejia said.
Thousands of flights have already been canceled nationwide, mostly in Chicago and Denver, amid snow squall warnings. may result in
Lawrence Humphries said, “We’re trying to get there, but so far two Southwest Airlines flights have been canceled. We got a flight tonight, but it’s possible.” I don’t know if it’s high quality.
“It’s all screwed up,” added Howard Vermons of Westchester County.
Vermons was still looking for ways to get his 89-year-old mother to Kansas.
“They’re trying to get me out on Christmas Day and I’m going to hook up in Missouri and I have an 89-year-old mother. I can’t do that,” Vermont said.
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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