Airlines are already bracing for flight cancellations and delays: what to expect

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Experts are warning travelers about weather delays over the holidays.

A major storm and Arctic outbreak will likely bring significant travel disruptions nationwide during the busiest travel week of the season.

According to the National Weather Service, a powerful winter storm and Arctic front will produce significant impacts that include extreme cold, heavy snow, damaging winds, and even heavy rainfall across much of the eastern two-thirds of the county through the holiday weekend. Dangerous travel is expected for many areas.

The timing of the storm, poised to move across the country Thursday into Friday, is impacting travelers nationwide. And airlines are already bracing for flight cancellations and delays.

All of the major carriers are issuing weather waivers for travel in and out of the Midwest and Northeast.

The waivers usually make it possible to switch to a different date without paying additional costs or fees, but it's recommended travelers call their airline for the latest information.

You can also check the airlines' websites for the most up-to-date information:

• Alaska Airlines
• American Airlines
• Delta Airlines
• JetBlue
• Southwest Airlines
• Spirit Airlines
• United Airlines

Many airports say they are seeing people shift their travel plans. Officials were expecting Thursday and Friday to be the busiest days -- but now, that could change to possibly Wednesday.

Airlines are advising people to double check reservation online or through their apps for any cancelations or delays before heading to the airport.

AAA estimates over 110 million people will travel this holiday, a jump of over 3 million people from last year.

When it comes to flying for the holidays, the Transportation Security Administration wants to help you out.

Here are some things TSA wants you to keep in mind as you try to get through security swiftly:

• Solid food is allowed
• Firearms, explosives, and weapons are generally banned
• Liquids over 3.4 ounces are also banned
• Any gifts that are wrapped are subject to be searched and inspected
• Always come prepared with correct identification

To get more info on what you can and cannot do while flying, go to

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