Holiday travelers face delays at Orlando International Airport

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - As a winter storm barrels across the upper Midwest and New England states, flight delays are already trickling down to Orlando International Airport.

One flight heading to Newark, NJ, on Friday was delayed more than eight hours as a result of the storms.

"Don't tell me that.  I didn't know that," said Lynette Walther as she and her family faced another delay traveling from Orlando to St. Louis.

"This time of year, you almost expect it," said her husband.  "In St. Louis, we had six inches of snow when we came here, and we had a 40 minute delay."

Every passenger faced very long lines to check their baggage on Friday, which travel industry experts forecasted to be the busiest travel day of the holiday season.

AAA predicted more than 95 million people would be traveling 50 miles or farther over the next two weeks, either by air or by car.

Passengers at Orlando International Airport listened to carolers as they waited for their flight's delayed status to change.  For some of them it was a repeat of the experience they faced flying to Orlando for vacation.

Andy Radvansky says his family sat on the tarmac in Philadelphia for two-and-a-half hours waiting to fly to Orlando.

"What else can you do?" he asked.  "Sit on the plane and sweat and be uncomfortable like everyone else."

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