Philadelphia (CBS) – The weather is creating a travel nightmare. Lines are long and flight cancellations and delays are piling up, disrupting his one of the busiest travel days of the year.
In recent days, passengers have been flustered and changed their plans.
Thursday morning was bustling, but lines are expected to grow again at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday evening as travelers battle Mother Nature.
Flights have been canceled in Philadelphia, according to FlightAware, but it’s nothing compared to the thousands of flights already canceled across the country.
Thousands of travelers tried to weather the storm inside Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday morning. By the afternoon, delays and cancellations started piling up.
Akil Patel, a traveler from northeast Philadelphia, said, “I’ve never been to what they call Jerry’s World, so go there and tell the Cowboys and their fans what Philly is. I thought I’d tell you something.
Families fly to Dallas from northeast Philadelphia to cheer Eagles on Christmas Eve.
They hoped to fend off the travel disruptions wreaking havoc across the country, but their flight was delayed.
“I bought my tickets in November, so I had no choice. weathersaid Preyas Patel from Dallas.
“We were trying to escape the cold with our grandchildren, but it didn’t happen,” said traveler Joyce Merrigan.
Merrigan and Douglas Hicks are flying to South Carolina.
Luckily for them, it was smooth sailing.
“The traffic wasn’t bad and we had no problem parking,” said Hicks, another traveler. “Everything is going well and it’s not crowded.”
Thursday and Friday are the busiest of the two days before Christmas, with about 75,000 passengers arriving and departing each day, according to Philadelphia International.
There was a long queue at departure as passengers were checking in. In a stormy howling trip. Many have changed their plans, and after seeing snow fall to the west.
Bianca Rey has canceled a hookup in Chicago.
“My first flight was from here to Chicago, so I changed it, so I know Chicago is going to be really bad,” Ray said.
FlightAware has already reported thousands of delays and cancellations on Friday.
Plan ahead before heading to the airport, as many airlines offer free waivers.
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