DALLAS — Throughout the country there have airport delays and cancellations because of staff shortages.
Millions of people are flying and they’re left feeling frustrated this holiday weekend.
“It’s becoming hectic,” said Chaudhry Muzaffar from Dallas.
Feeling hectic and frustrated, Muzaffar and his group of 10 people have been trying to get out on a Delta flight from DFW to Alaska.
“This is the third delay,” said Muzaffar.
Delay after delay.
“The first one flight I was informed, the second one informed, the third one coming to the airport we saw in the taxi,” said Muzaffar.
On Sunday alone, more than 4,200 flights were delayed and 900 flights were canceled across the country, according to FlightAware.
The delays are a combination of staff shortages and pilot shortages, which are forcing some major carriers to cancel hundreds of flights across the country.
A Delta spokesperson says other factors are the weather and absences because of COVID-19.
Airlines are struggling to keep up with the surge of travelers, where at least 2.4 million people passed through TSA checkpoints on Friday alone.
“It’s frustrating the whole family is here. We came earlier to catch the flight,” said Bobby Chaudhry from Keller.
Chaudhry and his group of ten are now worried they will miss their cruise.
“It’s scary. What if we miss the ship. And we have a connection flight, cause we’re flying to Salt Lake [City] first, then to Anchorage,” said Eshal Mohiuddin from Keller.
“The good thing is, I have bought enough snacks for the kids,” said Chaudhry, laughing.