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Thanksgiving commute nightmare begins as storm means delays, cancellations

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Don’t set your Thanksgiving table just yet. At LaGuardia Airport, many travelers were trying to get ahead of the impending storm, but with the bad weather already in Queens, some were skeptical they’d even get out at all.

On Tuesday, the rain started coming down in Queens and is projected to get worse on the roads and in the air.

According to the American Automobile Association, about 43 million people are expected to travel from Wednesday to Sunday. Of those 43 million people, about 3 million are expected to fly.

“I think that it would be awful to get stuck here,” said Betsy Steinman.

The truth is, if your flight is cancelled you may not be able to catch another so easily. To help compensate, many airlines are offering special deals.

Delta said travelers are entitled to refunds if their flights are canceled or “significantly delayed.”

US Airways is relaxing its change-fees for travelers. JetBlue is waiving change fees for customers flying to and from the New York City area on Wednesday and on Thanksgiving.

“I feel bad I hope they get out, I hope they get home safe,” said Andy Mcdonagh.

It’s supposed to get worse before it gets better.

As for the rails, Amtrak said it still has seats left.