Travelers out of Wichita prepare for large crowds, potential weather impact

WICHITA, Kan. Heavy rainfall over the eastern U.S. is already impacting some travel, but as of Thursday afternoon, there wasn't much concern from people flying east from Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. However, for some, the return trip home after the holiday could be tricky.

An airport spokesman says Friday is expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year as is Sunday (Dec. 23). Christmas Day is expected to be one of the year's lightest travel days.

At Wichita's airport Thursday, travelers say they came prepared to deal with crowds and delays.

Sally Jensen, headed to Los Angeles for Christmas, doesn't have to worry about potential weather delays, but she's taking cautionary steps to account for large crowds and other potential obstacles that could delay her return trip.

"I took an extra couple days off of work in case coming back, I get stranded," Jensen says. "I also travel with a service dog, so I have to leave time for her and such."

Kathering Bellew, leaving for Seattle Thursday, said her flight was on time leaving Wichita.

"But who knows on the way home. It will be Christmas Eve when I come home, so that's going to be the fun one," she says.

Travelers heading east fro Christmas are advised to check their flights before coming to the airport. With chances for shifting schedules, they're also advised to get to the airport earlier than usual to give themselves plenty of time to make adjustments as needed.