How the Bombing Storm Will Affect Air Travel

Later this week, the East will fall a massive super-cold storm, through a process known as “bombogenez”, and it will have a huge impact on air travel. If you’re flying later this week, you might want to consider a backup plan, or at least bring a nice long book with you.

According to NOAA , the term “bombogenesis” is used by meteorologists to describe a cyclone process that rapidly intensifies as atmospheric pressure drops (also known as a “bomb cyclone”). In this case, it is because cold air from land collides with warm air above ocean water. Think of it like a winter hurricane. It sounds intimidating, but it is actually quite common, especially on the East Coast, where this kind of thing happens almost every year, although usually on a smaller scale. Unfortunately, this particular storm is getting quite severe and freezing temperatures, heavy snowstorms, tons of ice and high-speed winds will make it very difficult for airplanes to fly and it will be very difficult for airports to keep running smoothly. … Chances are things won’t go so well.

If you have a flight to or from any East Coast airport — from Tallahassee Florida International Airport (TLH) to Bangor Maine International Airport (BGR) —you should contact your airline immediately to find out what is happening. Many airlines are preparing for serious delays and cancellations, but they also offer passengers travel waivers in case you want to change flights at a later date at no additional cost. These airlines include Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, United and others. JT Genter’s blog The Points Guy has a detailed list of what each airline has to offer for that particular weather event .

It is important to take the initiative and contact your airline to know the specifics of the flight itinerary, but it is also helpful if you can be flexible and postpone the trip. Delays are almost guaranteed and cancellation is definitely possible. Please be aware that when you purchase your ticket, you agree that the airline will not be responsible for your meals or hotel stays in the event of weather delays or cancellations. Prepare for the worst and plan accordingly. Safe travel.

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