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Busiest travel day of the season forces many passengers to miss flights at OIA – WFTV

ORLANDO, Fla. — The chaotic holiday travel season peaks at Orlando International Airport on Monday.

162,000,000 people are expected to pass through the airport on what is expected to be the busiest day of the holiday travel season.

Long queues formed at the Transportation Security Administration on Monday, causing trouble for passengers heading home after vacation.

There were some of the worst queues at check-in counters, especially for Frontier Airlines passengers.

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Some passengers scheduled to depart today have been unable to board flights home for several days, and FAA restrictions on southbound flights have also delayed several arrivals and departures.

Summer Voss is one of hundreds of passengers who waited more than 30 minutes at security to reach their gates, but her travel troubles began hours ago.

“This is the craziest travel experience I’ve ever had,” said Voth. “The kiosks are down. Lines are wrapped around the corners.

She said her Frontier Airlines flight back to Las Vegas was delayed twice.

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Catherine Polanco also said she was caught up in the chaos, telling Channel 9 that the check-in line was even worse when her mother arrived at the airport at 5am.

I couldn’t wait for her mother’s 9am flight to Santo Domingo. Polanco said the airline is charging her $100 to board her next non-stop flight to Santo Domingo four days from now.

“The lines were too long. There was no organization on the airline side,” Polanco said. “She was here three hours before her flight so she wasn’t late. She was crowded.”

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I couldn’t wait for her mother’s 9am flight to Santo Domingo. Polanco said the airline is charging her $100 to board her next non-stop flight to Santo Domingo four days from now.

Passengers arriving at OIA today were also stuck in traffic. The FAA said a computer issue reduced traffic to Florida.

These issues caused an average delay of 176 minutes and affected nearly half of inbound flights.

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