Holiday Travel Chaos: Winter Storms and Protests


Over 12 million travelers faced unprecedented challenges during the extended Christmas weekend. Holiday travel chaos marked one of the busiest travel periods in history.

Holiday travel has soared to new heights, with passengers navigating American airports this week. This travel surge has left airlines grappling to return to normal capacity operations. Holiday travelers were met with snarled security checkpoints, prolonged waits at baggage claim, and a surprising spike in average domestic airfare, surpassing $320 this Christmas.

Despite the considerable increase in travel expenses, this year’s average airfare is notably lower than the previous year’s peak of over $400. 

A spokesman for the travel-booking website Hopper attributes this decline to the return of domestic airline capacity to pre-pandemic levels, resulting in more flights compared to the past few years.

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