Travel Delays Continue Nationwide

Travel Delays Continue Nationwide

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LOS ANGELES (FOX 11 / CNS) - A huge line of passengers stretched down the sidewalk at Los Angeles International Airport today, as Southwest, USAirlines and other carriers struggled to adjust to flight disruptions from bad weather on the East Coast and in the Midwest.

And airlines operations managers were casting a wary on a blizzard approaching Chicago tonight, which could deliver another paralyzing jolt to transcontinental air travel tonight.

More than 2,000 flights were cancelled nationwide Friday, most of them due to planes being held out of the storm-ravaged Chicago region and New England.

Southwest and USAirways both reported no cancellations today.

But that did not mean a lack of chaos and lines at terminals, crowded with vacationers trying to get home. "Our system is still trying to get on track from the delays in Chicago," said Southwest spokesman Dan Lansen.

At USAirways, "for us, today is a question of how do we manage the east-west flow," said spokesman Bill McGlashen.

Late in the morning today, a long queue of passengers snaked out of Terminal 1. LA Airport Police tweeted an aerial photo, and urged people departing from that terminal to check ahead and arrive early.

No flights were cancelled today, said spokesman for the two airlines. But West Coast airports remained clogged with post Rose Bowl and end-of-the-holiday travelers.

LAX spokesman Marshall Lowe told City News Service that 10 arrivals and 4 departures were cancelled as of 7 a.m. today at LAX, and another 12 landings or takeoffs were delayed.

`We're watching another winter storm system moving into the Chicago area tonight, and that one has the chance to really have an affect on the system." said Lansen at the Dallas-based Southwest.

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