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Thanksgiving Travel Headaches

KCBS Radio Morning News
November 27, 2019 - 7:02 am
Security lines at Oakland International Airport November 27, 2019

Tim Ryan/KCBS Radio


OAKLAND (KCBS Radio) -- The Thanksgiving holiday is off to a hectic start for Bay Area travelers. Operations at Oakland International Airport were affected by a Tuesday night power outage that doused the lights, set off power alarms, and created chaotic conditions for travelers.

At least eight flights were canceled during the power outage and numerous others were delayed.  TSA screening was shut down and when power was restored several hours later, passenegrs waited in lines that snaked out the doors onto the sidewalk. 

By Wednesday morning, some passengers were still trying to find luggage that had been stacked in holding areas after flight cancellations.

By 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, "DELAYED" indicators were popping up next to numerous flights at Oakland. Across the bay at San Francisco International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration had imposed a traffic management program for inbound flights due to low-lying cloud cover. The FAA estimated the program would cause increasing delays for arriving flights.

Mineta San Jose International Airport reported no significant delays early Wednesday morning.

Those traveling by car faced a daunting task. Bay Area roads were wet, with scattered downpouts expected through the day. Long-distance travelers could expect trouble at every turn: chain controls and closures were the order of the day as blizzard conditions whipped through the Sierra Nevada. Interstate 5 was closed northbound between Redding and Mount Shasta, and snowy, windy conditions had the California Highway Patrol escorting traffic in convoys over the Grapevine section of Interstate 5 in Southern California.