Delta Air Lines airplanes on runway and tarmac in Seattle
Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

Check Your Flight. Check It Twice. Christmas Eve 2021.

This has nothing to do with Santa Claus.

If you are scheduled to be a passenger aboard an airplane either today or tonight, Friday, December 24, 2021, know that hundreds of flights in the United States and thousands of flights around the world have been canceled — with many more flights delayed — according to reports from numerous sources.

Check Your Flight. Check It Twice. Christmas Eve 2021.

The cause of the cancellations of hundreds of flights between Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Alaska Airlines for today and tonight is purportedly that the Omicron variant of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in cases which have caused members of flight crews and other employees of airlines who are involved in their operations to either test positive or become ill.

At the time this article was written, almost 2,000 flights were delayed within, into, or out of the United States today; and several airports in the United States and Canada are reporting delays of up to 45 minutes in their operations.

As a side note, inclement weather is also contributing a minor role towards the disruption of air travel. For example, Delta Air Lines issued travel alerts for winter weather in Salt Lake City for Sunday, December 26, 2021 and winter weather in Seattle for Saturday, December 25, 2021 and Sunday, December 26, 2021, with which you can change your travel plans without penalty.

Final Boarding Call

Although airlines do usually report at their official Internet web sites any travel disruptions due to weather, they rarely list them when operational issues are the source.

If you are fortunate enough that your flight has not been canceled due to either inclement weather or the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, it may likely be delayed; so please check with the airline which is scheduled to operate your flight so that you may plan for any possible inconvenience to your travel schedule — perhaps check it twice — and adapt to it accordingly.

Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

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