Travelers trickled in Monday to Burlington International Airport, some heading home for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
"I am out of here as fast as possible before the storm arrives Wednesday. It may not be a big storm but I still want to be in the sun, so I am leaving," said Mara Brazilian, an Arizona-bound passenger.
A big storm system is already taking a toll on the busiest travel time of the year. Thousands of passengers at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport were stranded after nearly 300 flights were canceled as a precaution. Dallas is a major hub, so a ripple effect could be felt across the nation just as people begin to head home for Thanksgiving. "We are not getting calls as of yet, but we do expect that to be coming in as the weather changes," said Roxane Shappy with Milne Travel.
Shappy says in light of the storm, the airlines may start issuing waivers that will allow people to change their flights to avoid getting stuck at the airport, maybe to go out on an earlier flight Tuesday vs. Wednesday. She also has this advice for air travelers: "Watch the web sites. They can also call the airlines, but as the waivers start being put out there for people to make the changes without penalty, the phone lines will be very, very busy. So probably best to watch the websites, see what's going on. They should be able to make their changes through the websites."
And the airport is also getting ready for the busy holiday. Not only for whatever Mother Nature has up her sleeve, but also for the expected crowds. And while flights might make it out of Burlington, hang-ups can come at connecting hubs. "When you see winter weather or any kind of weather it usually creates more congestion at the hubs that feed airports like Burlington, so passengers may see some delays in that regard -- or cancellations," said the airport's Ryan Betcher.
Barry Stone was returning to Vermont from North Carolina following the big UVM Duke Basketball game. "I shouted and screamed so loud -- we almost won the game. It was the most unbelievable experience. I lost my voice. It's nice to be home though for Thanksgiving," he said.
And as far as the impending storm? Mara wouldn't risk it. "Switch your flight for $100 and go now while you can," she said.
Friday, April 18 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:24:34 GMT
Vt. State Police say a small plane has crashed on Interstate 89 north in Highgate. A state airport official confirms that a single-engine aerobatic plane was in the vicinity of the Franklin County StateMore >>
The pilot of a small plane parachuted to safety before his aircraft crashed on Interstate 89 north in Highgate Friday afternoon. More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:13:39 GMT
Police have released the name of the young man killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday in Burlington. Police say just after 6 p.m. Thursday, Tyler Benjamin, 24, of Winooski, hit a guardrail on the beltlineMore >>
Police have released the name of the young man killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday on the Burlington beltline.More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:02:32 GMT
A sugaring season was cut short in Swanton overnight after a shed caught fire. Fire officials tell us they got the call around 1:30 a.m. Friday for the sugarhouse fire on Woods Hill Road. They say theMore >>
Sugaring season was cut short in Swanton early Friday morning after a shed caught fire. More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:38:06 GMT
A Colchester police officer charged with drunk driving has been disciplined by the town, but the details are not being released. Jeremy Wyskiel, 36, was charged with DUI last month after police say heMore >>
A Colchester police officer charged with drunk driving has been disciplined by the town, but the details are not being released.More >>
Friday, April 18 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:36:37 GMT
New York lawmakers are engaging the public in the fight against the rise of opiate addiction. The state Senate has created a task force to hear from law enforcement, health care, social service and educationMore >>
New York lawmakers are engaging the public in the fight against the rise of opiate addiction.More >>