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The Forecast for Air Travel: Thanksgiving Volume Once a Week at Major Airports

Weather isn't the biggest problem at U.S. airports
Weather isn't the biggest problem at U.S. airportsPhotograph by Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP Photo

As frustrated air travelers are reminded every winter, when snow and ice storms cripple many of our busiest airports, forcing the cancellation of thousands of flights, you can’t fight Mother Nature.

Still, we can fight human nature, especially the NIMBY (“Not in My Back Yard”) impulse, which threatens to permanently harm U.S. air travel. What Mother Nature can’t do, activists and politicians can: Halt progress.