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Airlines, Passengers Prepare for Weekend Nor’easter

A nor’easter is threatening to bring over a foot of snow to the mid-Atlantic seaboard this weekend, meaning airports from Washington, D.C., to Boston could see significant delays. Today in the Sky lists several airlines that have waived change fees, including United, US Airways, JetBlue, Air Canada, and Continental. Delta, AirTran, Southwest, and Midwest have also waived change fees for travel to or from the affected areas, and it seems likely others will as well.

With cities like D.C. and New York almost certain to get walloped, delays will likely ripple throughout the system as the storm slogs up the coast. One possible saving grace is the timing of the storm—overnight Saturday and into Sunday. If the worst of it passes during the wee hours, airports may be able to keep pace.

Of course, the other saving grace is that the storm isn’t coming two or three days later, when holiday travel really picks up. But for people traveling this weekend who want to change their plans, do so sooner rather than later. With Christmas just a few days away, empty seats may be hard to find.

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