Chicago Fog Delays Thanksgiving Flights

    CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 21:  Passengers wait in line to pass through security at O'Hare Airport on November 21, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Chicago Department of Aviation anticipates nearly 1.8 million passengers will travel through Chicago’s two airports for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period between Tuesday, November 20 and Tuesday November 27.(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Scott Olson

    The long slog to grandmother’s house just got longer. The first nightmare stories from one of the busiest travel days of the year have started to roll in, with airlines at Chicago’s O’Hare airport forced to cancel more than 140 flights and delay over 500 more due to a dense fog that caused zero visibility. In New York City, train service in and out of Penn Station was shut down completely for about an hour due to switch problems, cutting off Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, and Long Island Railroad service. Throngs of waiting passengers crowded the streets outside Penn Station while waiting for service to resume—which it has with crippling delays.

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