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SFO Bracing For Weather Delays On Busiest Travel Day Of Year

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Passengers wait in line to check bags at San Francisco International Airport . (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Passengers wait in line to check bags at San Francisco International Airport . (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBS SF) - 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 Thursday and Jan. 6, SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said.

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

CBS 5 WeatherCenter: Current Conditions & Forecast For Any City

Rain is expected to move into the Bay Area Thursday night 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 http://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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