Grandma May Not Make it Home from Christmas
I am sure that our family is like many others, and they have family over for the Christmas holidays. The family staying at our house is my wife’s mom, my kid's grandma. When she flew in from Nashville there were no issues with flights, but now flights are getting canceled, and we are having to think about other arrangements.
So far this holiday season nearly 8 thousand flights have been canceled due to Covid 19 and thunderstorms according to Market Watch, and more may be coming. Airlines have even asked for shorter quarantine time to facilitate all the flights this holiday, and the CDC gave it to them. The CDC is now allowing those who tested positive without symptoms to go back to work in as little as Five days if they wear a mask. This has made some question whether they did that specifically to keep flights from being cancelled in the United States. Either way, the cancelled flights make us wonder if grandma will be able to get home if her flight is cancelled.
Luckily for some travelers, airlines can provide food and hotel vouchers if they cancel a flight, but this is not guaranteed. You will probably get an airline voucher, but that does not help you if you are stuck in-between flights with nowhere to stay. We have already decided as a family, one of us will drive grandma home if we run into issues, but some people cannot take the time off. It has become a huge issue.
All I can recommend is to check flights beforehand and be prepared as much as possible. If you do get stuck, push the airlines to fix the issue. Last, please do not be one of those that takes it out on the flight attendants. They want to fix the problem just as much as you do. If you are trying to get home this holiday season, I hope you make it and good luck.