Thanksgiving Travelers Experience Delays

Meridian, Miss. Traveling was not exactly a breeze for some in our area on Wednesday.

The busiest travel day of the year was a day of standing around and waiting on the plane to get there. Some passengers got to Meridian's airport before 5 a.m. to catch the 5:50 a.m. flight. That flight ended up being cancelled due to weather and maintenance issues.

"Literally left clinton at 3 a.m. in the morning, drove a hour and a half, got here at 4:30, and they're like, our flight is cancelled," according to Lisa Bugg, who is traveling to Atlanta.

Bugg says she was then scheduled to take the 12:35 p.m. flight to Atlanta, but it was delayed until 3:10. The donuts and pizza kept her and other passengers from losing their cool.

"Well since they fed me, I'm less aggravated," Bugg adds. "Like, I was definitely upset at first because like, I'm just, I don't know, I kind of want to get home. Mississippi is great, but I would just rather be home with my family."

Airport Authority President Tom Williams says Silver Airways has been good about taking care of its passengers in situations like this. Despite these delays, he sees a bright future ahead for Silver in Meridian.

"And over the summer, they changed out the entire management team at Silver," Williams points out. "So, there's a new president, a new administrative folks, and we're seeing a difference as an airport."

For now, the focus is simply on having a safe, pleasant, and hopefully delay-free holiday travel weekend.

"Just when you're traveling, make sure you definitely have a flexible schedule," Bugg advises. "Cause if I actually had something to do today, I'd probably be more upset."

A flight scheduled to land in Meridian at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday was delayed until 11:30 p.m.


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