Man, is this shaping up to be a miserable week in the air, despite the fact that the number of people flying this holiday season is projected to be about 10 percent lower than the 2007 year-end holiday season.
Bad weather across the country, combined with airline seat cutbacks, are giving the old one-two to holiday travelers this week. Not only do snarls at one major airport ripple to other airports, but each day of major delays and cancellations creates fleet and crew scheduling problems on the next day (and days).
As of 6 p.m. Eastern time today, according to Flightstats.com, the following airports are experiencing "excessive delays," defined as having flight operations averaging more than 45 minutes in late arrivals:
--The absurdly named George Bush Houston "Intercontinental" Airport
--The ridiculously named Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
--The hilariously named Newark Liberty International Airport