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Holiday Travelers Running Into Delays

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Nearly half of all Americans say they plan on traveling for the holidays.

But these winter conditions are making it difficult for folks hitting the roads and airways.

Melissa Sieffert flew out of Boston Friday morning. Good thing she left when she did. She says the Boston-Logan International Airport shut down after her flight took off.

"I was very lucky to get out in the first place, and then delay after delay for every single layover I had after that point," she says.

She wasn't alone. Plenty of travelers dealt with weather delays all day long.

"The flight originally was from Chicago, so it was delayed inevitably out there because of the Midwest storm," says Alicia Brewer, who flew in from Baltimore.

That Midwest storm continues throwing a wrench into people's travel plans.

"Midwest getting whacked pretty bad right now," says Robert Olson, who flew in from Maine. "The east coast isn't too bad, it's just rain and snow."

Airport officials say 14,000 passengers flew through Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Friday. Those numbers will increase as we head into next week.

Which is why they're stressing how important it is to be an educated traveler through the holidays.

"We're already being impacted by the weather in other parts of the country, they're delaying some of our flights today," says Brian Kulpin, with Reno-Tahoe International. "So, that happens this time of year, so just check those airline web sites before you can."

The Transportation Security Administration knows airports will be packed. Officials are speeding up checkpoint security for active duty service members, as well as passengers 12 and under and 75 and older.

"It not only increases the efficiency at the checkpoint, but we also know that inherently those population groups pose a very low risk to security," says Lorie Dankers, with the TSA.

Traveling is tough during the holidays. The weather isn't making anything easier. But travelers say they're just happy to be heading home.

"Because I'm here, and I'm happy, and I'm going to see my family soon," says Sieffert.

Written by Adam Rasmussen 

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