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Travel Problems Force Some To Sleep At RDU

Posted December 24, 2004

— Winter weather elsewhere meant more delays at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Thursday night and into Friday morning.

After dozens of flights were delayed and 25 were cancelled Thursday, travel plans had to be rearranged by travelers.

Some slept on floors and chairs at RDU overnight.

Traveler Erika Heath slept in her car while wating overnight to find out if she would get out of RDU.

"They tried to rebook us this morning, but of course they are all overbooked, so we are just taking our chances," Heath said. "I'm really, really tired. I can feel it in my body -- I can feel it in my eyes. I've been here all night long."

The problems at RDU and other area airports were the result of a large snowstorm that moved through the Midwest Thursday. That system, which dumped more than two feet of snow in some areas, closed some airports leading to a domino effect at airports like RDU.

Most travelers were taking it in stride despite being stuck in an airport on the morning of Christmas Eve.

"We'll just chill out until we catch the next one," said Luke Gremillion, who was trying to get to Louisiana.

Airport officials reminded travelers to call ahead to airlines to check on the status of flights and to arrive at the airport early. They also reminded travelers to not wrap Christmas presents because of security precautions.

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