Christmas travel relatively smooth at RSW
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CREATED Dec. 25, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Christmas at southwest Florida international: A steady stream of cars, warm embraces goodbye and pleasantly short lines at check-in.
"It hasn't been too crazy," said Kelly Roedding, traveling back to Indianapolis with her husband, James, and their 1-year-old, Ike. "It's nice on Christmas because there's not a lot of people around."
"He does really great traveling," remarked Roedding, about Ike, who was strapped to a travel stroller attached to his parents' luggage.
But what would holiday travel be without a single hiccup.
"It's been hell, til now," said Troi Lamers, headed back to Austin.
For Lamers flying American Airlines, a cancelled connection in Dallas, due to bad weather, was nearly a nightmare.
"Send me out tomorrow, fly me to Chicago then back down to Texas be on a plane for 9 hours," explained Lamers about the run-around he almost got.
Until fate, or a kind ticket agent, stepped in.
"She's getting me a flight home in 45 minutes so ill make it there for my son's Christmas 46," said Lamers, relieved.
But Wendy Dugan, on that same Texas-bound flight, wasn't as lucky.
"My brother-in-law is now doing a loop around the airport to pick me back up to take me back to their house," said Dugan, headed back to Fort Worth.
Overall airline staff tells Fox 4 the day has been smooth. No delays and cancellations at United, Frontier and Air Tran. They observed more flights arriving than taking off.
"We wanted to make sure we got here in time just in case our flight had any changes or delays," said Meghan Diamond, who returned to Houston with her fiancee, Nick Tonti.
But setbacks aside, the Diamonds didn't let today's farewell get them down, as they plan for the next milestone.
"We're getting married soon," said Tonti. "So they're going to visit us again soon. In three months, we get to see them in March and have a big party, so we're excited."
And airline staff tells Fox 4 they're expecting Wednesday to be a hectic, with snaking lines starting at 5 a.m. So, if you're traveling, not only check the status of your flight, but give yourself extra time at the airport.