A dayslong disruption of flights into and out of the greater New York area is raising concerns about how prepared airlines are for the Fourth of July holiday, a weekend that is forecast to have record numbers of air travelers.

according to the AAA, the automobile owners' group, about 11% more than last year and roughly 6% over the record set in 2019

Travel at New York's airports, particularly Newark Liberty International Airport, has been disrupted since the weekend, with many travelers reporting long flight delays and difficulty rebooking canceled flights.

operated by United Airlines and departing from Newark over the weekend, had been delayed about 15 hours after passengers were "unboarded" from the plane after midnight.

The Transportation Department found that most of the 26 critical air traffic control facilities it identified were understaffed by 15%