EL PASO, TX — Yesterday, strong winds blew through the Borderland, kicking up dust...and also cancelling flights at the El Paso airport and many others across the country. It's all part of a big storm causing all kinds of problems for travelers. Wednesday's winds gusted over 60 miles per hour at El Paso's airport as the winter storm gathered strength and began it's march through the midwest. Winds cancelled flights out of El Paso Wednesday. The large numbers of holiday travelers made it difficult to for passengers to find seats on later flights. Flight delays in one area can lead to something of a domino effect of more and more delayed and cancelled flights across the nation, especially during the busy travel season when airlines are already struggling to meet the demand.
Jeff Keckley books flights for a living at Travel Del Sol. He says that big storms can lead a chain reaction of delays that can last for days. "When you're having a major snowstorm like their having in the midwest right now, you have to remember that 40 to 60 percent of flights go through Denver, New York or Chicago." He tells his clients that airlines won't always pay your extra expenses due to weather delays and he recommends that passengers pay a little extra for travelers insurance. Keckley believes that until during the busy period before the new year, it's best to arrive at the airport 3 hours before your flight. That way, if there is a problem with your flight, you will have the best chance of getting rerouted.