Friday flights on time as Thanksgiving rush resumes

10:21 AM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
Customer service representative directs a traveler to security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (Photo: David Goldman, AP)
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(USA TODAY) -- Air travelers getting an early start home after the Thanksgiving holiday were finding mostly clear skies and on-time flights this morning (Nov. 23).

As of 9 a.m. ET, no significant delays were being reported anywhere in the USA, according to flight-tracking service FlightStats.

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Today's smooth sailing is a welcome change from the busy Wednesday "get-away day," when what was expected to be a smooth start to the busy Thanksgiving flight schedule instead got off to a bumpy thanks to unexpected fog in Chicago and the Midwest.

Nearly 200 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports and another 1,600 were delayed at the two airports because of fog and poor visibility, The Associated Press reports. St. Louis also saw significant delays through noon, with fog the culprit there as well.

By afternoon, the weather had improved in Chicago and the Midwest. But, for fliers, the damage was done as the earlier delays and cancellations disrupted thousands of passengers.

Going forward, calm weather was forecast through the weekend for much of the nation -- including at the USA's biggest and most delay-prone aviation hubs. And, aside from the fog in the Midwest, significant weather-related problems remained unlikely - provided of course that the current forecasts prove accurate.

Only minor problems loomed for the rest of the week, according to current forecasts.

The only possible area of concern (as of 9 a.m. ET Friday) appeared to come in the East, where the delay-prone airports in the New York and Philadelphia areas were forecast to see minor to moderate winds Saturday and Sunday.

Even there, the current forecast did not suggest a major disruption is likely, though minor weather delays could mix with congestion delays common to those airports during peak travel periods.

Despite the rosy holiday travel outlook, fliers - as always - were advised to check on the status of their flight before heading to the airport.

Safe travels!




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