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Will Hurricane Irene Affect My Travel Plans?

Washington-Reagan National Airport (DCA)A category 2 hurricane named Hurricane Irene is headed for the north eastern U.S. at the moment.  So you’re perhaps wondering how will the hurricane affect your travel plans?

The airports, airlines and public transit systems are busy figuring out the best strategy to keep their employees and property safe and keep the operations on schedule so you can make it to our destination safely.

The key is to use the electronic flight status tools either iPhone/Android/Balckberry Apps or via your airline Web site before you leave for your trip.  Go to your airline Web site and sign up for these notifications.  it will save you from having to call the airlines to check anything.  In most cases, the agents use the same system as the electronic alert systems.

If you have car rental and hotel reservations, ensure that you check their policies as well to see how it affects Hurricane Irene.  Remember that a hurricane is a natural disaster and more than likely your travel insurance plan (if you bought one) won’t cover this event.

Here is a look at what select airlines, airports, trains and public transits are posting in terms of waivers for your travels during Hurricane Irene.  Read these first before contacting the appropriate parties.  Also recognize that if the company you are trying to contact has the main office in the path of the hurricane, they may experience issues during the storm:

Airlines

Airports

Buses

Public Transit

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