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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Weather problems on the East Coast of the United States had ripple effects throughout the nation. More than 3600 flights were delayed, another 475 canceled. But not at DFW Airport, where it appears only a single flight was canceled, an evening flight to Newark. By and large, DFW passengers were not effected.

“Kind of like an adventure,” young Gabriel Scott told CBS 11 News as he and his brother and parents planned to embark on a flight to see relatives in Connecticut.

His father, though, didn’t completely share Gabriel’s enthusiasm. “I’m nervous, but the flight so far has only been forty minutes delayed so we’re optimistic we’ll get there,” said Daryl Scott.

Another dad, Glenn Smith of Plano told us, “We hear there’s some bad weather back East but we’ll endure and get through it,” he said. He added, “I’m pretty confident we’ll get there and if there are a couple of delays. Not a problem, we’ll endure.”

But delays were the only apparent problem. Most passengers were nonchalant.

Like members of a women’s basketball team from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, traveling between tournaments from Denton to Naples, Florida.

“I think in the back of our minds it’s always a concern,” said assistant coach Erin Scholz. “But that can’t be our focus as a basketball team, as athletes we focus on our goal, we make to the airport and make adjustments as we need to, but really we go as a positive mindset that things are going to work in our favor.”

While air travel is fastest for long trips, most Americans will fill up their gas tanks and go “over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house” by car or truck.

Dedrick West was heading to Lake Charles, Louisiana. “Very important, going to see the family, friends, and stuff like that,” he told CBS 11 News.

Of 3.4 million Texans expected to travel this holiday, 3.1 million will go over the road, according to AAA Texas, which urges drivers not to take car travel lightly.

“You want to make sure that you eliminate all distractions,” according to AAA’s Doug Shupe. “That includes pets, children, other passengers, eating, cell phones, changing the radio.” And, of course, don’t drink and drive, Shupe adds.

Just a reminder, this is a “no refusal” weekend, which means anyone suspected of a DWI can be forced to take a breath test or even get their blood forcibly drawn if police think they appear inebriated.

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