Now that’s the holiday Spirit, Spirit

Maria Enriquez’s story has a happy ending, and couldn’t we all use a little of that today?

She booked a ticket to meet her son in September. He was stationed at the Gulfport Naval Station, 80 miles from New Orleans, and was going to be deployed overseas, so she wanted to see him before he left.

Oh, one more thing: Her tickets were on Spirit Airlines.

Lessons learned from past holiday meltdowns

You can’t talk about the worst holiday travel experiences without mentioning the movie “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.” The 1987 comedy, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, is about one frazzled business traveler’s struggle to get home in time for Thanksgiving. It’s a textbook holiday travel nightmare, featuring snowstorms, flight diversions and almost every imaginable delay. Art has a way of imitating life.

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