Fog Once Again Cripples ATL, LAX
It's shaping up to be
yet another rocky holiday travel season, as winter weather spreads
across the United States just in time for Thanksgiving.
Already this week, fog has caused problems at airports
throughout the nation -- from Los Angeles to Atlanta, from Chicago
to Philadelphia. But that was just the start, reports Weather
Channel senior meteorologist Tom Moore.
"Wednesday is going to be a nightmare over a lot of the
country," Moore told USA Today. A front now forming in the Pacific
Northwest is expected to spread across from the Rocky Mountains,
down to the Gulf of Mexico and east to Vermont... bringing the
threat of wintry conditions to the north, with the potential for
severe thunderstorms further south.
"Although it's not going to be a colossal storm, there's going
to be so much rain and low clouds, I would say there are going to
be significant delays over large parts of the country," Moore
If there's any good news to be had, it's that the storm is not
expected to reach major airports along the East Coast until late
Wednesday or early Thursday... by which point most passengers
traveling to visit relatives will have already reached their
Still, the weather comes at an inopportune time for the airline
industry, already struggling to cope with what are expected to be
record numbers of passengers for a 12-day period around the
"Weather and volume are the biggest drivers of delay," said Air
Transport Association spokesman David Castelveter. "If this weather
pattern continues, we will have both."
The weather isn't the only factor to blame for delays, either.
As ANN reported, a radio
communications problem between control towers at Dallas/Fort Worth
International impacted roughly 75 percent of American Airlines
flights Monday, though reported cancellations were few.
A software bug in the system that transmits radio communications
throughout facilities in the sector was to blame, according to FAA
spokesman Paul Takemoto.
Kevin Mitchell, chairman of the consumer advocacy group Business
Travel Coalition, offers perhaps the best advice for passengers
coping with airline delays this holiday season.
"Lower your expectations and build as much time in as you
possibly can," he said.