By Michael Henrich
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 26, 2014) -- With a general rise in holiday travel projections and winter weather expected to impair air travelers, Hoosiers braced for Thanksgiving travel headaches Wednesday.
On Tuesday, several airlines preemptively canceled flights more than 200 Wednesday flights nationwide due to the winter weather forecast in the northeast. That move affected some flights out of Indianapolis International Airport.
AAA Travel projects 79,982 Hoosiers will travel by air this holiday weekend, up 2.7 percent from 2013.
"Be sure to get to the airport in plenty of time," said Greg Seiter of AAA Hoosier Motor Club. "Allow yourself additional time to get through security and, again, be patient, be tolerant, be understanding that the security personnel are just doing their jobs in making sure that everyone is traveling safe."
Overall, AAA Travel said 1.1 million Hoosiers are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the 2014 Thanksgiving weekend. The 2014 projections represent a 5.6 percent increase over one year ago.
"The roadways are going to be extremely busy. In some cases, we’re going to be dealing with some construction, so that’s always a consideration," Seiter said. "Of course, days are shorter now, so nighttime driving becomes a consideration.
"Then finally just inclement weather, the possibility of inclement weather, especially for those traveling to the east coast. We need to keep all those variables in mind as we’re on our roadways."