Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Big Turkey Trot: Boise Flights on Time, Sunshine Expected for Thanksgiving

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM


All flights are, thus far, on schedule at the Boise Airport this morning, with flights heading to Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Las Vegas, Chicago and San Jose all taking off on time.

More than a few travelers were frustrated Tuesday afternoon, when Boise Police were called out to the airport to investigate what they called a "credible security threat" from an anonymous caller, resulting in the shutdown of security checkpoints. Several hundred travelers were told to stay put during the investigation.

Incoming passengers were told not to walk through the airport concourse and instead were shuttled from their planes to the airport's ground floor to retrieve their bags.

No trouble was encountered, but Boise Police are still looking for clues to who was responsible for calling the threat into the airport. The call came in shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Inclement weather across the Pacific Northwest is of particular concern this Thanksgiving. This morning's Seattle Times reports that winter has hit the Snoqualmie and Stevens passes, with twice the number of travelers crossing the passes as on a typical weekend.

"Everyone should prepare for winter-driving conditions. Carry chains with them and know how to put them on. Allow lots of time to get where you're going," advised the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is reporting heavy congestion along Interstate 84, particularly between John Day and Ontario, Ore.

The National Weather Service office in Boise is calling for a good chance of showers and gusty winds through the remainder of today, but sunshine could drape the Treasure Valley on Thanksgiving Day. More sun is in the forecast for Friday. Saturday and Sunday should see mostly cloudy skies with highs in the high 40s and low 50s.

AAA of Idaho estimates that as many as 204,000 Idahoans are expected to travel through the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.


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