Winter weather threatens holiday travel
Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:20:51 GMT —
Winter weather could cause problems for some Mid-Missouri holiday travelers this week.
Freezing temperatures and slick conditions forced airport officials across the country to pre-cancel hundreds of flights. Todayâ??s early morning flight from Columbia to Dallas was cancelled because of winter weather conditions in Texas. Right now, American Eagle officials said all flights at Columbia Regional Airport are on schedule, but that could change. Alexander Skelton is flying from Columbia to Virginia and his girlfriend Felicity Lewis is driving from Columbia to Kansas for Thanksgiving. They fear this past weekendâ??s travel problems are a preview of Thanksgiving travel hassles.
Skelton said, â??I have 4 different flights just to get to Virginia, right now. They are going to put me through some paces. It will be great.â??
Lewis said, â??The weather is really getting a lot more ferocious. Itâ??s starting to remember that itâ??s winter and what winter is like.â??
Columbia travel agent Jerry Price said more people are booking their own flights on the internet these days. He suggests you take some precautions if you travel this Thanksgiving holiday without an agent.
Price said, â??If you book on the web, just make sure you are prepared for disruption in your service. Know who to call and what to do. Airlines are notorious for offering little help.â??
Price suggests you plan for delays this Thanksgiving holiday and you should always reconfirm flight times with airlines 24 hours in advance.
According to AAA, more than 43 million Americans expected to travel more than 50 miles on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year.