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Joyce Lopes waits in line along with hundreds of other travelers for her flight. She's not taking chances--her flight leaves in two days.
Jonathan Wilson
Joyce Lopes waits in line along with hundreds of other travelers for her flight. She's not taking chances--her flight leaves in two days.

By Jonathan Wilson

It may take a few more days before airlines can work through the backlog of passengers left stranded by the weekend snowstorm.

Travelers waiting at Reagan National Airport Monday called the lines the worst they've ever seen here. Joyce Lopes, who stood reading a book behind hundreds of people waiting to see American Airlines ticket agents, wasn't even there to catch a flight, at least anytime soon.

"I'm just trying to make sure I have a seat, to make sure I can get on a flight in two days," says Lopes. "Because we were here all day yesterday, and never, ever, got on a flight."

Lopes, who's headed to Maui to see her in-laws, says staying in Washington for the holiday is not an option. "If we can't get out of here, I'm probably just going to cry," says Lopes.

Many airlines are offering passengers whose flights were canceled this weekend the chance to change their tickets without penalty, but they're also warning passengers that some people wont be able to get a new flight until Friday.

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