A massive storm impacting parts of the Midwest and Northeast is causing a serious holiday headache for travelers at Tampa International Airport.
The storm caused for widespread delays at TIA on Friday, impacting departure points from Cleveland to Baltimore, Boston, and even Nashville. The brunt of the delays were out of New York, as airports there dealt with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour.
"New York being the number one market from Tampa, with so many connecting flights that when something impacts the New York area airports, and those other major airports in the Northeast, it can certainly affect flights all over the United States," said Tampa International Airport's Christine Osborn.
Some frustrated families waited inside the airport for hours, with eyes glued anxiously on the arrival boards.
"We checked this morning and we left later. And then we get here, and we got another hour to wait!" Velda Brown said Friday, as she waited on her grandchildren to arrive from New York for the holidays.
The storm is arriving as Tampa International prepares for the peak travel weekend. TIA anticipates 50,000 passengers will move in and out of the airport daily for the next two weeks.
TSA is fully staffed to handle the slew of seasonal travelers, but airport officials recommend passengers arrive 90 minutes ahead of their departure time.
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