National weather causes delays and cancellations

9:57 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - Weather on the East Coast and in the Midwest has contributed to cancellations and delays of thousands of flights.

This is added to the 3,800 flights canceled Sunday, leaving many passengers stranded at Denver International Airport Monday morning.

"Nothing's gone to plan so far," said Elizabeth Currier, who is traveling with her husband and their 4-month-old son on United.

They arrived in Denver Saturday night for a connecting flight from Florida. After waiting on the tarmac for an hour to depart, they were told their pilot needed rest.

"The pilot came out of the cockpit and told us that we're not going to like this, but due to a new regulation that he had to have some rest," Currier said.

So the family went back inside, where they waited in line until 3:30 a.m Sunday.

"The line was like 500 people long, at least," Currier said.

Initially, they were told the first available flight out would be on Thursday.

"I couldn't really believe it. I was beyond feeling upset, I think," Currier said.

"If we'd have been stuck here until Thursday as planned, I don't know what we would have done. That's four days missed work. No winter clothes [and] no diapers," she added.

Thankfully, they managed to get a flight to an airport in their home state, though flying to Portland leaves them about two hours from Eugene, where they live and where their original ticket had them landing.

To check on a flight status, visit flydenver.com

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