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Weather May Snarl Year's Busiest Travel Day at SFO

Bad weather in the Midwest, advancing rains in North Bay likely to cause travel delays

By Bay City News

San Francisco International Airport is about to get a lot busier, with the heaviest travel day of the holiday season coming up Friday.

An estimated 130,000 passengers are expected to pass through SFO that day, and more than 2 million holiday travelers are expected to use the airport between today and Jan. 6, SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said.

Snow and turbulent winter weather in the Midwest today was already causing flights delays between the Bay Area and Chicago, SFO duty manager Linda Perry said this morning.

Rain is expected to move into the Bay Area tonight and Friday morning, potentially complicating travel plans for anyone flying out of SFO, according to the National Weather Service. As always, passengers are advised to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.

Travelers are also encouraged to leave at least 90 minutes to check in and pass through security for domestic flights, and up to two hours for international travel. Passengers should not wrap gifts, in case security officers need to inspect packages in carry-on luggage, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

Detailed information on the latest security rules can be found online at www.tsa.gov. Updated travel conditions at SFO and airports around the country is provided by the Federal Aviation Administration at www.fly.faa.gov.

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