July 4: SFO travelers brace as analysts warn of delays and cancellations over holiday weekend


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Like millions across the country, Marin County resident Lisa Trusheim is traveling this holiday weekend to see family.

Its original flight to Denver was scheduled to depart SFO on Friday.

But on Thursday afternoon, she learned the flight had been cancelled, forcing her to make other plans.

“So we rushed out and booked a flight today,” Trusheim said.

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Trusheim is among thousands of Americans who have been impacted by flight delays and cancellations across the country in recent weeks.

A trend that is expected to worsen over the July 4 weekend.

And above all, because of a strike by Delta Airlines pilots at seven major airports.

“The airlines just don’t have enough staff. Whether it’s pilots, flight attendants, curbside check-in people, TSA security. I mean everyone is understaffed,” Clint Henderson said.

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Henderson works for travel site The Points Guy.

He says the airline industry is currently facing challenges on a scale never seen before.

“If something goes wrong, like a thunderstorm, it’s just a domino effect and it ends up being chaos,” Henderson said.

Back at SFO, some passengers say they are worried about their own travel plans.

Some even receive alerts like this from airlines, warning them to arrive with lots of time to spare.

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Sarah Villamor-Arana says she arrived four hours early.

“My family let me know there were delays last week, and because of the holiday weekend, I just wanted to make sure I was there,” she said.

SFO says its cancellation rate is around 1.4% for the month of June, well below the national average.

But depending on where you go, experts say that’s not always the case.

“We just have to be very patient and I guess we understand now,” Henderson said.

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