Horror Stories From the Airports

Travelers stranded at airports as wintry weather debilitates travel.
3:00 | 12/09/13

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from the roads to the airplanes the storm is going to leave people stranded. More than 1,000 flights were cancelled across the nation. Clayton sandell reporting on waiting game. Reporter: In chicago today the plows are working overtime to clear runways but they could not plow away the frustrations of tens of thousands of stranded fliers. I don't know when I'm going to leave here. Reporter: He and his wife spent the night in the terminal at o'hare. Deluxe complications around the country amounting to chairs in san francisco and cots in dallas. I'm this close to starting to begin to be frustrated here. Reporter: Cancellations hit dallas the hardest. Since the storm began, more than 12,000 flights nationwide grounded. This was the problem here at dallas-fort worth. Thick layers of ice that turned this runway into a hockey rink. 4,000 fliers spent the night in the concourse friday. Some couldn't leave for days. When you get freezing rain turning into ice, it's very different than snow. It's four times as dense. It's much thicker and it's very hard to now. Amid the travel nightmares, a few notes of holiday cheer just when it's needed most. Clayton sandell, abc news, dallas.

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