LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Millions of people are expected to travel this holiday season, though a winter storm could make driving dangerous in Nebraska.
According to AAA, 115 million Americans are expected to travel for Christmas and New Year’s Day.
About 7.5 million will be heading to the airports, the highest number since 2019.
Steve Glenn, chairman of Lincoln-based Executive Travel, said if you plan on traveling, pack some patience.
“Try to get to the airport early; be cautious,” he said. “We’re also recommending with connecting flights, put plenty of room between those. If you can get a direct flight or a nonstop flight, that’s the best possible thing.”
The Omaha Airport Authority said the airport could see as many as 306,000 travelers this holiday season, an 8% increase from last year.
Glenn said if you plan to bring any gifts on the plane, leave them unwrapped for security.
He also advises you to take pictures of your bags.
“Guess what? Everyone has black luggage,” he said. “So when you get there, and you’re looking for your luggage, and you lose your luggage, you can have a picture of it to show the airlines.”
At the Lincoln Airport, travelers said while they’re worried about the upcoming weather, they’re hopeful flights won’t be delayed.
Brittany Hunt, who’s planning to visit her daughter in Utah, said she’s had good experiences with flying so far.
“I just don’t want to get stuck in Denver and be stuck there instead of going to Utah,” she said. “It doesn’t seem too packed, at least here. I don’t how the Denver airport is going be with how busy it is, but we’ll see.”
The Nebraska State Patrol said anyone looking to drive over the next few days should use extreme caution.
There’s currently a blizzard warning for many counties in western, central and northeast Nebraska, and that weather is headed toward Lincoln.
Officials said you should not try to travel in blizzard conditions, as travel may be difficult to impossible.