Travel issues with flights, gas prices continue this July 4

WASHINGTON — There are more travel issues for the holiday weekend with many flight cancellations and delays as air travel returns to pre-pandemic levels.

Meanwhile, a new war of words has erupted over high gas prices between the White House and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

And now the White House is fighting back.

This holiday weekend, flight issues are hitting airports hard. The three most affected airports are Hartsfield, Jackson in Atlanta, Newark in New Jersey and JFK in New York.

“My flight was cancelled, but I didn’t find out until I got to the gate,” one customer said.

On Friday alone, the Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 2.5 million people, a record since the start of the pandemic.

Since then, thousands of flights have been canceled and many more delayed.

“I spent $656 on a ticket. And now I’m still trying to find a way home,” said one traveler.

Bad weather along with increased demand for travel and the continued shortage of pandemic airline employees are contributing to nationwide problems.

“We’re seeing an airline industry that’s stretched. And it doesn’t help that the FAA is also stretched,” said travel industry analyst Henry Harteveldt.

Roads are also congested this holiday, with AAA saying a record 42 million travelers hit the road.

“Because when I checked with the plane prices, they were ridiculous,” said one driver.

In Washington, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby fired back at Amazon’s Bezos. He criticized President Biden’s call for oil companies to lower prices at the pump. Bezos said the administration was either wrong or misunderstanding basic market dynamics.

“He says exactly what he thinks in terms that anyone can understand. So I think we obviously take issue with the idea that it’s kind of a misdirection,” he said. said Kirby.

Instead, Kirby touted Biden’s efforts to drive down gas prices, including trying to cap the price of Russian oil.

The national average gasoline price fell to $4.81, down from last month’s record high of $5 a gallon.

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