How to avoid Thanksgiving travel headaches

11:23 AM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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As Americans fly to visit friends and family, they should be aware of the traveling perks that go along with the holiday.

Orbitz Air Traffic Analyst Chris Hills explained how the airports are looking on the eve of Thanksgiving.

"Right now in Chicago, we're seeing - as you're seeing in Denver - some really long lines. They started about [4 a.m.] as well for people getting out to their families and go on vacation. Fortunately though, the weather across the nation is pretty good. We're seeing on-time schedules in Denver of course, and in Los Angelas and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Except in Chicago here, we're seeing some low clouds and fog which is delaying arrivals. So if you're traveling here, you can expect to see a bit of a delay," Hills said.

Hills explained how people can make their connecting flight with a short amount of time.

"Well if you're going to one of the bigger airports with a short connection, keep a close eye on your flight status. If you do miss your connection, the airlines will allow you to get on the next available flight as soon as they can. Fortunately, [Chicago] O'Hare looks to be the only airport with a problem right now. Even Atlanta is looking great as well as the New York [metro-area airports.] The weather is being cooperative across the country," Hills said.

Some airports have a high delay reputation during Thanksgiving. Hills talked about what some of them are.

"Most of the airports like O'Hare, the hubs usually are pretty busy. The weather isn't usually this great in late November, so we're actually pretty lucky this year," Hills said.

Hills also had some advice for any Thanksgiving travelers.

"The best piece of advice I can give to travelers is get to the airport early. At least two hours ahead of time for domestic and three hours for international flights. That should give you enough time to get through the security lines. They will be a lot longer today then they would be a normal Wednesday," Hills said.

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Nate Chisholm contributed to this report.

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