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Memorial Day 2024: Travelers see flight delays and higher prices

Travelers faced large crowds and flight delays on Friday, which is expected to be the busiest day of the month. Remembrance Day weekend.

More than 6,000 U.S. flights were delayed by early evening on the East Coast, continuing a trend that has tested travelers’ patience all week. Cancellations were more modest, at just over 200, according to FlightAware tracking data.

There were also delays on highways.

Along the Florida Turnpike, Wallis Tinnie said a traffic accident and road work slowed his route to a commemoration of African-American history in the Florida Panhandle, site in 1816 of the first battle of the Seminole Wars.

“But we’re comfortable with it,” the Miami woman said during a stop in Port St. Lucie. “We left early and our event is tomorrow. So I hope – God willing, the stream does not rise – that we will be there in time.

The Transportation Security Administration predicted that Friday would be the busiest day of the holiday weekend for air travel, with nearly 3 million people expected. airport checkpoints. The TSA screened just under 2.9 million people Thursday, about 11,000 short of the record set on the Sunday after Thanksgiving last year.

Pasha Pidlubniak waits for a domestic flight at Miami International Airport, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Miami.  A record number of Americans are expected to travel during the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Pasha Pidlubniak waits for a domestic flight at Miami International Airport, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Miami. A record number of Americans are expected to travel during the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

“Airports are going to be more crowded than we’ve seen in 20 years,” AAA spokeswoman Aixa Diaz said.

Highways are also likely to be blocked as motorists leave the city and then return home. AAA predicted it would be the busiest early summer weekend in nearly 20 years, with 43.8 million people expected to travel at least 50 miles from home between Thursday and Monday, including 38 million in vehicle.

The annual expression of wanderlust that accompanies the start of summer travel season This comes at a time when Americans are telling pollsters They are worried on the economy and direction of the country.

“Memorial Day is a holiday weekend. I get to spend time with my family and friends, so I would say that is priceless, right? » Nene Efebo said during a two-hour wait for a delayed flight at Denver International Airport. “Anything to spend time with family and friends.”

Victoria Ramos Valdes of Miami was taking a driving vacation with her husband, Blake, and their children, ages 3 and 4 months.

“We said, hey, we’re going to go with a $300 budget, and the hotel is about $150,” she said, but it has a water slide, offering plenty of entertainment. “We are having a nice family trip and doing our best to have the best Memorial Day weekend possible.”

Some travelers have reported experience sticker shock when they booked their trips. Upon arrival at Philadelphia International Airport, Ciarra Marsh said the city “wasn’t our original destination, but we chose here because it was cheaper.”

At Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, Larisa Latimer of New Lenox, Ill., said her plane ticket was reasonable, but other expenses for a New Orleans getaway were not. not.

Motorists travel along Interstate 24 near the Interstate 40 interchange Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Nashville, Tennessee.  A record number of Americans are expected to hit the pavement during the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Motorists travel along Interstate 24 near the Interstate 40 interchange Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Nashville, Tennessee. A record number of Americans are expected to hit the pavement during the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

“I just have to make the accommodations,” she said. “Car rentals are up…this year hotel rooms were very unusually expensive.”

Kathy Larko of Fort Myers, Florida, used frequent flyer miles – and flex time – to pay for her trip to Chicago.

Travelers wait at a TSA checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Los Angeles.  A record number of Americans are expected to travel during the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Travelers wait at a TSA checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Los Angeles. A record number of Americans are expected to travel during the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

“I’m really aware of the cost of the whole trip. We stay a little further away than we normally would” to get a lower hotel rate, she said. “We also come back a day later because we could get cheaper miles.”

The busy road traffic and airports of the weekend could be a sample of what will happen for several more weeks. American airlines expect to wear a record number of passengers this summer. Their trade group estimates that 271 million travelers will fly between June 1 and August 31, breaking the record of – you guessed it – 255 million. last summer.

George Ridley, 4, left, rides on a suitcase as he and his father Chris Ridley travel through Nashville International Airport, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Nashville, Tennessee.  A record number of Americans are expected to travel over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

George Ridley, 4, left, rides on a suitcase as he and his father Chris Ridley travel through Nashville International Airport, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Nashville, Tennessee. A record number of Americans are expected to travel over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

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This story was previously updated to correct the spelling of Fort Myers, Florida.

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Cody Jackson in Port Saint Lucie, Fla., Melissa Perez Winder in Chicago and Shelley Adler in Washington contributed to this report.

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