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Weather impacting holiday travel plans

Airlines are reportedly working with customers to ease the impact of weather-related delays and cancellations. Airlines are reportedly working with customers to ease the impact of weather-related delays and cancellations.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Bad weather on the East Coast is posing a problem for people trying to get home for the holidays. The day before Thanksgiving marks one of the busiest travel days of the year according to AAA. 

For those planning to fly, experts said to expect some delays.  

As Thanksgiving approaches, so does the threat of bad weather.   

"I was actually kind of worried because I didn't want my flight to be canceled and then not come home for the holidays," said Andrew Barenhorst. He's a college student who flew in from Baltimore to be with his family.   

The threat of bad weather will have little to no impact in the Tennessee Valley but, it could impact people who are planning to fly out or in to Huntsville International Airport.  

Terry Traum said she was worried her Grandmother's flight wouldn't make it in on time. "It's very stressful," she said. "Especially when you have family members coming in from places like the east coast." 

"It's really about what is going on in the bigger systems at other airports than what's actually happening locally," said the Director of Marketing for HSV International, Barbie Peek. 

The delays are already hitting the board, but Peek said they come with a bright side.

"Most of the carriers are working with the passengers," she said. "Inclement weather is not in the control of the passengers of the airlines. So the airlines are working with people to waive change fees and make it easier to get to their destinations."

If you don't want to travel by plane, you can hit the road. AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. So whether you are on a plane or in a car, there is one thing Traum said to make sure you have.

"Pack your patience and kind to everybody," she said. "It's just one of those things that we have to deal with and in the end it will all be worth it." 

Peek encourages people flying out of Huntsville International to check their website Flyhuntsville.com. There, you can check to see if the weather has had an impact on your flight.

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