Severe winter storm across US causes flight delays at RSW during busy holiday travel

Reporter: Sydney Persing Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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RSW travelers wait in long security lines Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 due to a severe winter storm causing flight delays across the country. The day also marks one of the busiest holiday travel days for 2019. Credit: WINK News.

A severe winter storm across the U.S. is causing dozens of changes at Southwest Florida International Airport Sunday during one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Of the 33 remaining flights scheduled out of RSW for the day, nine of those continue to be delayed. It’s possible for the number of flight delays to increase into the night. Delays currently range from 20 minutes up to two hours.

RSW said it does not have information yet on TSA wait times, but lines are busy.

With the severe weather stretching from parts of California, the Midwest to the Northeast, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue and United Airlines are waiving flight-change fees for travelers who plan to take flights Sunday or Monday.

We spoke to air travelers dealing with the delays that are keeping them in Southwest Florida.

“It’s boring hanging out in an airport unless you meet someone nice,” traveler Patty Brasher said.

And the flights delays are eating into daily routines.

“Well, I have work when I get home,” traveler Lisa Bachmann said. “So that’s just going to make the night a little bit longer for me.”

RSW recommends all travelers continue checking with their airline for any weather cancellations.

“If you think your flights going to be canceled or possibly canceled, book another flight,” traveler Bruce Bachmann recommended.

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