Winter weather in Midwest slows some RDU travelers

The scene at a busy Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Monday. (WNCN)

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Anybody flying in or out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport will want to keep a close watch on their flight Monday.

A busy travel day, teamed up with bad weather in the Midwest, is making for some long delays in flights all across the country.

Flights moved smoothly for many passengers Monday at RDU, but some people have had significant delays. In a time of year marked by happy homecomings, being stuck in the airport is nothing to be happy about.

“It’s just the frustration of your flight leaving 12 hours later,” said James Roberson, who was trying to get to New Orleans. “They just basically tell you there’s nothing they can do for you.”

The flights at RDU on Monday. (WNCN)
The flights at RDU on Monday. (WNCN)

Roberson was heading to New Orleans for a new job and was hours behind.

“There’s no need to be mad about anything.  It is what it is,” he said.On Monday and Tuesday of this week, RDU expects as many as 30,000 travelers going through the airport.

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, RDU expects as many as 30,000 travelers going through the airport.Depending on where they’re heading, there have been a good number of delays on the board.

Depending on where they’re heading, there have been a good number of delays on the board.“Keep in mind that, though you may be heading somewhere warm, your plane may be coming from somewhere that’s affected,” said RDU spokesman Andrew Sawyer.

“Keep in mind that, though you may be heading somewhere warm, your plane may be coming from somewhere that’s affected,” said RDU spokesman Andrew Sawyer.Michael Burgess of Garner had to sleep in the airport in Houston before making it back home to RDU.

Michael Burgess of Garner had to sleep in the airport in Houston before making it back home to RDU.“It’s just something I wouldn’t want to do again,” Burgess said.

“It’s just something I wouldn’t want to do again,” Burgess said.Many of the delays and cancellations Monday came from the Midwest. One passenger from Chicago recalled sleet coming down in Chicago, which caused planes to back up.

Many of the delays and cancellations Monday came from the Midwest. One passenger from Chicago recalled sleet coming down in Chicago, which caused planes to back up.“Before we had left, they canceled 40 flights,” said Ally Seneczko, who got up at 2:30 a.m. to make her flight. “But my dad just told me he’s glad we got out when we did cause he said it’s really bad now.”

“Before we had left, they canceled 40 flights,” said Ally Seneczko, who got up at 2:30 a.m. to make her flight. “But my dad just told me he’s glad we got out when we did cause he said it’s really bad now.”RDU recommends checking with your airline or the airport about your flight status.

RDU recommends checking with your airline or the airport about your flight status.
It’s also a good idea to get here two hours before your flight is scheduled to leave.

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