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As the holiday travel season approaches, fears of a repeat of last year's woes mount

The holiday travel period is slowly ramping up — and memories of last year’s weather-induced chaos are resurfacing.

It was almost exactly a year ago when the weather caused the Southwest Airlines system to collapse completely, stranding 2 million passengers. Last week, the airline paid a record-setting $140 million fine for those failings.

The same chaos is not expected this year, but that could change at any moment.

Seth Kaplan, Here & Now‘s transportation analyst, has been keeping an eye on how airlines, airports and the whole industry are preparing for this season’s travel.  He joins Scott Tong.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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