The holidays are almost here, and that means the return of holiday travel!
Across the U.S., travel for Thanksgiving week is set to return to pre-pandemic levels, with almost 2 million set to fly from here in Houston.
"The big question is, do airlines have the proper staffing for the incredibly busy Thanksgiving travel week" said aviation expert Jay Ratliff, "The TSA is also shorthanded right now, so we're going to see some longer security lines than we're used to seeing, certainly that's going to play a part into some aggravation as well."
Airline staff shortages, TSA troubles, cancelled flights, and weather delays are all concerns heading into the busiest travel week of the year.
"We can't afford that during the week of Thanksgiving" Ratliff told KTRH, "It's going to be hopefully a smooth week, but unfortunately we're at a point right now where they can't tolerate even a speed bump, without seeing some serious ramifications across the country."
Plus, we can't leave out the other side dish for holiday travel. Unruly passengers. More people, more flights, more potential problems.
"There's a lot of people that have to wear masks, they're not happy, and they're going to be a little bit uncomfortable" Ratliff said, "And yes, we could be looking at more of these unruly passenger events take place."
There's no place like home for the holidays, or the airport.