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Busiest travel days of the year get busier with storms

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Updated: 11/26/2013 12:27 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The busiest travel day of the year is about to get busier, with early winter weather out west only compounding the hassle of the Thanksgiving vacation rush.

"We left the house at 9:30 this morning and it's a quarter to 8 so it was a long day," said traveler Jan Minneci. She and Eric Blom are just two of the people arriving behind schedule for the Holidays at JIA.

"They had to de-ice the plane in order to get here," she said.

If you're trying to get away for the holiday, it's even tougher. More than 15 outbound flights were delayed throughout the day because of storms.

Travel agents tell Action News if you don't have insurance on your trip, you're out of luck.

"Bring your patience, you're going to be on hold a while," said AAA agent Susan Carr.

Check with your travel agent or your airline to see what your booking options are this week. AAA said a plan B is critical.

"People are going to have to anticipate problems with their travel so this holiday, already the airlines are going to be full, it's going to create more problems for people down the line," said Carr.

But for travelers like Blom and Minneci, who have already weathered the storm on their way to Jacksonville, they don't mind if they have to extend their vacation.

"I wouldn't mind being trapped in Florida for a few more days," said Blom.

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whosaysnocan - 11/26/2013 10:12 AM
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This is not a surprise. Yet, the media and some of the travelers they interview appear to be. It is a difficult travel period, it is winter, there will be delays and cancellations. Must expect the worse and be thankful if your travel goes smoothly. Happy T-Day!
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