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Joplin Flights Delayed

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Storms hitting other states have caused flight cancellations in Joplin and a backlog of passengers needing a seat.

Holiday visitors like Alexandra Green from Amarillo, Texas had to stay an extra two days.

She was supposed to fly out Wednesday, but will not leave until sometime Friday morning. Flights have resumed at the Joplin airport, but are usually 80% booked and often packed during the holidays.

American Eagle is having a hard time finding enough seats for those bumped, due to ice on planes at the Dallas airport Christmas day.

That's creating headaches for some travelers.

"My employer was really understanding he was a little put out because 1608 he was counting on me to be there at 5;30 in the morning to work, but we had to stay nothing you can do about it so he had to reschedule for somebody else" says Green.

we tried to get end people to Springfield wherever we could get an airplane out unfortunately a lot of those airplanes were going to the same place our airplane goes and so the options of going someplace else were very limited" says Joplin Airport Manager Steve Stockam.

Stockam expects flights to be full for the next few days.

He says those traveling to eastern states should anticipate cancellations or delays until the weather changes.

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