(NBC) – Airports across the nation are bracing for an increase in travelers this weekend despite harsh winter weather conditions.
Over the long holiday weekend, TSA estimates it will screen 8 million travelers. That’s an 11 percent increase compared to last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.
More than 1,550 flights were canceled in and out of the U.S. as the major winter storm stymied travel across the country.
Airlines are already waiving change fees for travelers scheduled to fly this weekend.
American, United, JetBlue and Delta passengers flying to or from airports in the Midwest and Northeast can change their tickets to fly as late as January 23.
Southwest says passengers with tickets to cities likely affected by the winter storm can fly up to two weeks later without paying a difference in fare.
Boston Logan Airport was one of the hardest hit airports in the country. Just three flights were scheduled to depart from New Hampshire’s Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. All flights out of Burlington International Airport were canceled.
Other modes of transportation were also affected by the winter storm. Amtrak cancelled trains on the busy D.C. to Boston corridor, as well as from New York City to upstate New York, New York to Pennsylvania and elsewhere due to snow and slippery roads.