What to Expect if You're Traveling This Labor Day
Travel over Labor Day weekend is expected to be up 10 percent compared to last year, according to TripAdvisor.
Sixty percent of people traveling for the holiday will be driving, while airports and airlines are preparing for 15.6 million passengers, according to Airlines for America.
FlightAware showed some delays already accumulating in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington D.C. before noon on Friday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expecting increased traffic along the U.S.-Canada border, and is warning drivers to plan for additional travel time.
Meanwhile Hurricane Hermine's lingering effects will impact millions of people's plans: “This storm presents challenges for travel and tourism along coastal areas, but if you're aware of it, you can put a plan in action,” Mary Glackin, head of Science and Forecast Operation at The Weather Company, told Travel + Leisure.
Here is the info you need to be prepared as you head into a hopefully relaxing Labor Day weekend.
If you're on the East Coast, expect a stormy, wet weekend. Hurricane Hermine hit Florida early Friday, and although the storm weakened upon making landfall, it will bring rain and winds up the coast over the weekend.
“The storm is projected to track up through Georgia and the Carolinas, then into Virginia and Delaware,” said Glackin. “Finally it will move offshore and linger to bring impact will the northeastern coastal regions.”
By Monday, the storm should be winding down off shore, but could make for rough surf and windy conditions for beachgoers.
“For people going to the beach, even if it's not raining, you won't be able to get in the water,” she said.
AAA has decided Labor Day does not warrant a driving forecast the way other holidays—like Thanksgiving and July Fourth—do. But the organization did release a notice about gas prices, which are expected to rise.
Motorists headed to areas with heavy rains should remember to drive cautiously—getting to your Labor Day party late is better than getting in an accident.
Several airlines have issued fee waivers for travel this weekend. A bummer if you were really looking forward to that Labor Day getaway, but good news if your plans are flexible and staying where you are sounds preferable to facing potential delays.
Check with your airline for the updated status of your flights before you head to the airport (downloading the airline's app is often the best way to get an alert on delays and cancelations), and for travel notices for fee waivers check the airlines' websites: