Winter weather causing flying nightmares

(KYTX) - Winter weather has made flying a nightmare for many passengers.

Nationwide, more than 1,700 flights were delayed yesterday because of the Christmas storms. And it's causing a domino effect across the country.

It's the height of the travel season with the holidays going on. And, unfortunately, with this wild weather we've been having, people have been experiencing flight delays and cancellations across the country, and even right here in East Texas.

Clyde Sanders is general manager of American Airlines and American Eagle in Tyler.

He says flights out of the Rose City on Wednesday were delayed at least 40 minutes to an hour.

"This flight will be slightly delayed. Give me a few moments to look at airport connections," he said. 

Sanders says the airport is back on schedule with departures for now.

But it's a different story for passengers making the trip to Tyler.

"There was a huge delay considering the time our flight left in Orlando," Raymond Krasinski said.

Krasinski and his wife, Charlotte, say they're happy to be safe in Tyler and done with the airport mess.

"The whole idea behind flying is that it's supposed to be less time than driving. American Airlines says the fast-moving winter storm required it to implement its de-icing program. That limited its ability to safely keep planes moving at a normal place."

The Krasinski's experienced that at their connecting flight in Dallas.

"There was some icing situations and they were spraying them with a chemical de-icing agent. That delayed us a little bit.

American Airlines apologized to its customers for the inconvenience.

Since changes in flight times are a fact of air travel in bad weather, it's important to plan ahead.

Experts say you should consider nonstop flights and try to fly early in the day to minimize the impact of delays.

Stay plugged in and aware of your options in case of schedule updates or cancellations .

And arrive early.

"We always leave plenty early."

Because you never know what can happen.

"We got to the airport the traditional hour and a half on time and the door for the TSA line was all the way out the front of the airport."

The Krasinskis say they're just thankful everything went smooth in the skies.

"Even though it was windy over the last couple days, you know, there's a lot of stuff going on, we didn't get bounced around too bad.

Sanders says all flights lately have been overbooked and full, and he doesn't expect that to change until at least after the first of the year.



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