Thankfully, “National Opt-Out Day” is appearing to have been a failure and is not causing any disruption to air travel. However, this was merely one obstacle to getting to your destination on time and not fully frustrated.
Spirit Airlines is having and causing a giant travel mess. Nationwide, the airlines’ computers have completely crashed, taking the check-in process back to the days of paper and hand checking. The lines are long and many flights are delayed. Spirit, to their credit, is making sure that the flights don’t go out until all those in line are checked-in and on board. They are adamant that no one will be stranded due to the computer troubles. It is horrible and unfortunate timing that on the busiest travel day of the year, the essential computer system crashes causing massive headaches.
AAA has estimated that holiday travel will be approximately 11% higher than in previous years. This includes airplane, train and car travel. With more people traveling, there is the potential for more travel annoyances and delays. Most holiday running trains are sold out with Amtrak, but as of yet there are no delays in the Northeast Corridor.
Even with higher gas prices, some hovering on the line of $3.00 per gallon, people are expected to be traveling by car at an increased rate over last year. It is estimated that in the next few weeks, gas prices will fall significantly, even up to 10 cents a gallon. That is still expensive for those hoping to do some traveling by car for the December or New Years holidays.
Most likely as the day goes on, there will be increases in traffic both on the roads and in the sky. A little patience can go a long way when it comes to the stressful holiday travel. If you are traveling on a plane, TSA screenings and other passengers can be annoying but remember at the end of the lines for screenings, the annoying seatmates and the crying children on the plane, you are going to see your friends and family. The same goes for the other drivers and traffic, if going by roads. Don’t let one temporary problem ruin a holiday.