• Holiday travel means busy day at airport


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The usual holiday travel crowds were compounded Friday night by weather issues triggering delays.

    "We've been here for an hour and half at this point," said traveler Shannon Haggard.

    Haggard got caught in long lines at Charlotte Douglas airport, part of the fallout after a storm canceled flights yesterday at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International airports.

    Twenty-four hours later, the residual effect is being felt cross-country, from California's LAX to Bush airport in Houston and in the Queen City.

    Patience is starting to wear thin.

    "We made some nice friends in line, but it's frustrating," Haggard said. "But I guess everyone is in the same boat right now, but it's definitely back to elementary school -- we definitely don't want any line-cutting."

    After waiting much of the evening, passengers hoped to finally get out of town by midnight.

    "I didn't think it would be this bad," Haggard said. "You know, the world was supposed to end today, so I thought no one would've wasted money on plane tickets. I was surprised it was this crazy."

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