Airlines waiving fees for passengers going to severe weather destinations for the holiday

ROMULUS, MIch. (WXYZ) - People going to and from Detroit Metro Airport for the Thanksgiving holiday are hoping to beat any winter storms.

"People were beginning to try and get anything out," said John McDargh.  He flew in from Boston where people were scrambling.

"Quite a few of my students, I teach at Boston College, had sent me, 'professor I'm sorry, I have to get home, I won't be in class today.  I'm going to try and catch the earliest flight out so that I don't get stranded in Boston for the holidays'," said McDargh.

Others changed flights, like Cheryl Bartos, who put her father on an earlier plane.

"He was scheduled to leave at 7:45 and I looked up at the gate and it said the flight was leaving at 5:25, an early flight," said Bartos.

We discovered Delta Airlines is allowing passengers to make a one-time change to their flight without a fee today, if you are traveling to or from an airport that will be affected by severe winter weather.

"So I said, 'come on dad' and we ran about a half a mile and got him on an early flight," said Bartos.

We found out Delta is also giving people a refund if their flight is canceled or significantly delayed.

"We were really lucky it wasn't that busy today. We were expecting it to be really, really bad," said Liz Bosco.  Bosco flew in from New York's JFK airport around 6:30 p.m.

"It was a little rainy when we first left," said Bosco.

"It was raining when we first left but it wasn't bad," said Diarboyle.

Another airline we contacted, United Airlines, waived fees to change flights on Tuesday to and from airports with severe weather, and they're offering the same deal today as well.

Just about every airline is offering similar deals if you are traveling to or from an area where there will be severe winter weather.  You need to check your airlines website before you head to the airport.  We have listed links to the airlines.

Delta Airlines:

United Airlines:

Spirit Airlines:

American Airlines:

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