Travelers ‘Dodge a Bullet’ For Thanksgiving

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CLEVELAND -- It wasn't the best traveling weather 24 hours ago, but what a difference a day makes.  Now, getting to grandma's house in time for Thanksgiving may not be so bad after all.

The departure boards told the story at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Wednesday, one of the busiest travel days of the year.

"We really did dodge a bullet," said Michele Dynia, Communications Specialist for Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Many passengers heading out of town or trying to get home for the holiday woke up hoping for the best and expecting the worst.

"I heard about the snow storm coming up the northeast, so I was scared that was going to affect my flight today," said Emma Vaughn, who was traveling from Baltimore Wednesday.

"I thought it was going to be a lot snowier today so I was expecting some delays," said Michael Ottusch, who was headed home to Milwaukee.

What they found, was actually quite different.

"We expected traffic to be bad on the way to the airport," said Catherine Rohweder of Raleigh, North Carolina. "We expected the airport to be crowded; we expected our flight to be cancelled and none of it turned out to be true. It was really easy, slight delay with our flight but that was about it."

"I heard to get to the airport 2 to 3 hours before your flight because it was going to be so crowded with people and it's not right now," said one passenger headed to Florida.

The airport was a ghost town most of the afternoon.  A big reason: many airlines waived change of ticket fees and did everything they could to get passengers out of town early.

"It was huge in alleviating some of today's traffic but also made sure they got home before the storm actually hit," Dynia said.

A similar story at the Greyhound station in Cleveland.

"Actually, a little quieter," said Muaath Najib from Toledo.

Many buses out of town were departing pretty close to on-time. A bus arriving from Buffalo, New York was several hours late getting to Cleveland because of the weather this morning.

Many passengers were taking all the traveling in stride.

"It doesn't really matter because we're going to be stuck out here anyway so we might as well enjoy the holiday for what it is and this could be something that could add some more excitement," said Najib.

If you're expecting someone to arrive in Cleveland via bus or plane, contact the carrier as some flights and buses could be delayed due to the storm that moved off to the east.

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