A 4% increase in holiday passengers will likely cause lengthy delays, the airline industry warned yesterday—bad news for those who miss connections and could wait 3 days for another flight. Though airlines have hired seasonal workers in the first staff expansion since 9/11, some 2.5 million passengers may travel next Wednesday, up from a typical 2.1 million, reports the Washington Post.
"Some airports" plan to stock extra food and water, supplement existing check-in kiosks and baggage-check areas, and bring in rolling staircases and buses to de-board passengers from delayed planes. "We're all praying for good weather next week," says one aviation consultant. "Hopefully the airline gods will take pity on us mere mortals."