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Holiday travelers prepare for delays

By Elizabeth Bynum
Published On: Dec 20 2012 04:15:28 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 20 2012 10:20:23 PM CST

Families head to airports and highways in preparation of the Christmas holiday, but storms could force many delays.

Military families headed to the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in Craven County Thursday afternoon.  While the crowds were not a major concern, Tom Braaten, the director of the airport, is concerned about delays at larger hubs.  That will affect smaller airports like Braaten's. 

"We're kind of watching LaGuardia, JFK and all the guys up north because sometimes they feed planes to get to Atlanta or Charlotte, which then are the connectors to bringing them down here," Braaten said.

Chicago's Midway and O'Hare airports have already canceled 350 flights for Thursday, but so far, that is the only major hub affected by storms. 

At the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, a major hub for airports in Eastern Carolina, soldiers were greeted by Santa Thursday morning.  Charlotte-Douglas International Airport looked like a staging area for a major military push as nearly 2,300 soldiers headed home for the holidays.  It was billed as Operation Victory Block Leave, and the USO operation in Charlotte provided a variety of support for the soldiers.

Special thanks to the Charlotte Observer for the picture above.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/20/3738074/thousands-of-soldiers-move-through.html#storylink=cpy