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11/19/07-Tyler

DFW Communication Problems Create Holiday Travel Delays

The holiday travel season got off to a crawl Monday morning.  The Federal Aviation Administration says the air to ground communications went down Monday morning at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, causing hundreds of delays.  Those delays were felt all day as travelers tried to reach their holiday destinations.

The word delay is no surprise when traveling around the holidays, but for many at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport today, it's a word they were hoping to avoid.

"We thought today we might skip some of the hassle," said Sue Tumbleson.  "Guess you got to be prepared for everything."  Tumbleson and her husband were all ready to head to Tampa, Florida for Thanksgiving when their flight was canceled.

"Just waiting," said Tumbleson.  "It looks like it's going to be about 9:30 p.m. before we are going to get to Tampa, and we were going to get in around 3:30 p.m."  Others, like Randy Gilbert, were forced to board their plane twice.  The second time almost three hours later.

"We got out there and the fog and apparently the traffic control in Dallas, and we taxied out and taxied back in and got off the plane," said Gilbert.  At DFW Monday morning, dozens of planes were grounded after the FAA says three of the four radio frequencies used by air traffic controllers failed.  The problem was fixed a short time later, but the delays will be felt all over the country.  Something, East Texas travelers say they won't let ruin their Thanksgiving.

"I will arrive in Chicago later then I would have, but it will work out," said Janet Riley, who's flight was canceled. 

"It's not too bad as long as we get there," said another traveler who's flight was delayed.  Along with the communication problems at DFW, airports in Houston experienced delays this morning because of fog.  Most of the flights should be back on track Tuesday, but you're urged to check with your airline for the latest.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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