With 38 million Americans taking to the highway, up 1 million from last Thanksgiving weekend; 25 million flying, up 3 percent; and even Amtrak on overload, with 27 extra trains on the Northeast Corridor alone — and almost all of them sold out — all the ingredients for travel problems were there. And yet … you had to look hard to find travel trouble.
For much of the afternoon, the worst problems were at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport, a tiny commuter facility outside New York City.
The biggest reason: The weather — or lack of it. From coast to coast, there was no rain or snow. Sunny skies were everywhere.
The Sanders family of Miami came to the airport 4½ hours early, braced for the worst, and never found it.
There were lines — at airport security — for the first big holiday since Ziploc bags contained travel essentials beyond leftover turkey. And air travelers are finding themselves stuffed — into coach cabins. The airline industry expects flights will be more than 90 percent full today and Monday as Americans head home.