No end in sight for flight delays and cancellations over the weekend of July 4 amid staff shortages

NEWARK, NJ — Could be Saturday another chaotic day for people traveling on July 4.

Long lines, delays and canceled flights have plagued thousands of people across the country in the days leading up to the holiday.

According to, there are dozens of flight delays and cancellations at Newark, LaGuardia and Kennedy airports on Saturday.

The end doesn’t seem in sight yet. Experts say travelers should show their patience as the weekend progresses, CBS2’s Elijah Westbrook reported.

“I want to get out of here. I think I’ve had enough,” said Mary Gocco, who left Newark on Friday

The airports in the area are being slammed. Staff shortages, including pilots and air traffic control, continue to complicate air travel as millions try to board this weekend.

“My flights were canceled twice and then I tried to reschedule it in the morning because I heard that helps,” said Alexander Mihas, who traveled from Miami.

AAA predicted nearly 48 million Americans would travel at least 50 miles from home this weekend. That is 3.7 percent more than last year.

“We just got here and they have now informed us that it has been canceled,” said Alam Khan, a resident of Boonton, New Jersey who traveled to Toronto on Sunday for his wedding.

“There are no emails or anything like that and she’s waiting in Toronto. So we’re trying to get married,” Khan said. “I’m just going to call her and say, ‘Look baby, I’m kinda stuck here right now, but I’ll be there as soon as I can.'”

It is also busy on the roads. Some areas have twice as many drivers. According to AAA, a record 42 million people travel by car.

“Two kids, two dogs and an iPad, and a lot of snacks,” says Baltimore’s Emily Carter.

The Port Authority has issued parking advice for people on their way to an airport. They are urging people to reserve parking spots in advance as many lots are already full.

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