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Midwest Storms Leave Passengers Stranded At LAX

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(credit: AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A barrage of devastating storms pounding the Midwest caused headaches for passengers at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports a long line of people snaked through the American Airlines terminal after a flight to Chicago was scrubbed, while other passengers heading for Dallas are just keeping their fingers crossed.

Among the airline casualties: two women with plans to fly to Dallas from Las Vegas were left stranded at LAX after the pilots for the flight were too tired to finish the last leg of the trip.

Mark Duell, Vice President of Operations at the flight tracking website FlightAware.com, told KNX 1070 American Airlines alone cancelled up 450 flights on Tuesday.

“Dallas and Chicago are getting hit the hardest,” said Duell. “In the rest of the country, it’s just the trickle-down: five cancellations here, ten there.”

Duell noted that in addition to the U.S. storms, the volcanic ash spewing in the skies above Europe has caused some air traffic backup as well.

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