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Scene At Local Airport One Of Delays, Frustration

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Many passengers at Reagan National Airport were left wondering whether their flights would leave on time, or at all.
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Many passengers at Reagan National Airport were left wondering whether their flights would leave on time, or at all.

Many people visiting Washington Christmas weekend are having their vacations unexpectedly extended.

Like many people at Reagan National Airport, Jim and Janice Mitchell are staring at the Departures board with a feeling of dread.

"Looks like JetBlue is going but it's going to be a three-hour delay," Janice Mitchell says.

They're trying get home to Boston, which got inundated with almost 1.5 feet of snow. Jim Mitchell, a native Bostonian, is frustrated. But he says he's seen much worse.

"Oh yeah, the blizzard of '78...That was worse. Everything closed down for a whole week. Everything," he says.

And it could have been even worse. In New York City, the weekend's blizzard shut down all three major airports.

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