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Air Travelers Stranded In Sioux Falls

January 2, 2014, 4:54 PM by Perry Groten

Air Travelers Stranded In Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Many people in Sioux Falls are feeling the effects of bad weather in the eastern United States.

The worst winter storm to hit Chicago in more than a decade cancelled hundreds of flight in and out of O'Hare International Airport.  That's backed up air traffic in Sioux Falls where many stranded travelers will be spending an extra night, waiting out the weather.

High hopes of getting home have been grounded in Sioux Falls by bad weather in Chicago.

"I want to go home!  But it is what it is and you can't change it so there's no reason to be upset," Linda Muller of Boca Raton, Florida, said.

Muller will stay with family in Sioux Falls for the next couple of days before she can board another flight to Florida.

"I'd rather be safe than try to fly when it's not safe, so it doesn't bother me.  And everybody here in Sioux Falls is so nice at the airport, so no problem," Muller said.

The flight cancellations caught many travelers off-guard.

"I wasn't even thinking about it being cancelled and I looked up there and looked at the board and I was like, 'Oh no!'  Every time I've ever done this, it's always been good," Sandra Hettinger of White Lake, South Dakota, said.

The Chicago cancellations snowballed to include flights out of Denver as well.

"My daughter's about a half-hour delay from Denver, she went out to Spokane for the holidays," Einar Petersen of Mitchell said.

But traveling in the cold of winter during a holiday week can be a dicey endeavor any time.

"And especially going through Chicago that seems to be the difficult point there but then everybody's trying to get out, so what can you do," Muller said.

Except wait for the next available flight.

The director of the Sioux Falls airport says passengers are having a tougher time rescheduling because most flights are already booked solid at this busy travel time of year.

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