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HEBRON, Ky. - With Hurricane Sandy expected to make landfall Monday night, thousands of travelers will be affected including those at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Travel to and from the northeast is expected to come to a near halt for the next two days. All flights out of CVG to New York were canceled Monday morning. All flights to Newark, N.J., Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., were also canceled. Major carriers such as American Airlines, Jet Blue and Delta planned to cancel all flights into and out of three area airports in New York, the nations busiest airspace.

Nearly 7,500 flights had been canceled for Sunday and Monday. Both Philadelphia International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, a hub for United Airlines, each had more than 1,200 cancelations for the two days.

If your flight is canceled because of the storm, airport officials say don't go to the airport. To avoid getting stranded, check your flight's status early the day you're flying, and again right before you head to the airport.

If your flight is canceled when you are already at the airport, dial the customer service numbers. Odds are you'll get help over the phone before reaching the customer service desk. You can also try asking for assistance via Twitter. Most airlines task employees with monitoring their Twitter feed. Also check to see if the airlines will waive change fees. Typically they will for flights affected by a hurricane, but they may only waive the fee once.

You can check your flight status at http://www.cvgairport.com/flight/status.aspx .

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