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Travel delays, cancellations begin as storm arrives ahead of Thanksgiving

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Airlines are saying “uncle”  this year by cutting their fees and allowing passengers to change flights without any penalties because of the storm.

The impending storm has already wreaked havoc on the holiday week. People are scrambling to get to the airport already trying to get home to their final destinations.

“Our original flight was tomorrow night, and so we scheduled it today for tonight,” said Sara Williams.

This year we might be experiencing the nightmare before Thanksgiving.

On Tuesday night, on the boards at LaGuardia airport, the delays were starting to take shape.  PIX11 found people rushing to try and change their flights at the last minute.

Oren Lavie was trying to get out of New York as soon as possible.

“I came a bit early to change my flight,” said Lavie. “I’m on the 8:25 p.m.,  I want to see if I can get a bit earlier flight.”

Experts recommend charging your cell phone, checking your flight status, and always arrive to the airport early.

There are also useful apps like Travelocity, Expedia, or HotelTonight.

44 million people will be traveling to their turkey destinations this year. 3 million will be flying.

No one wants to spend Thanksgiving at the airport, but with mother mature in an uproar, it may become a reality for too many in our area.

“I’m hoping it doesn’t hit. If it does, go home and not make it home for the holidays,” said Zion Godfrey.