East coast travelers face delays

Poor weather on the East Coast is causing flight delays as travelers head home for the Thanksgiving holiday, a San Francisco International Airport spokesman said.

Travelers flying to Newark, Boston, New York and Philadelphia can expect delays ranging from 73 minutes in Boston to more than 3 hours in Newark, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website.

SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said the FAA will often impose a delay program when bad weather reduces an airport‘s capacity to receive aircrafts:

“It’s just like metering lights on the freeway.”

Yakel recommended travelers check in with their airline before heading to the airport. The FAA also logs the delays expected for each airport at http://www.fly.faa.gov/ois/.