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WICHITA, Kan. -- A winter storm that dumped up to two feet of snow on some areas of the northeastern United States was responsible for flight delays at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport Friday.

Most departures and arrivals were at least delayed, if not canceled. Travelers at Mid-Continent Friday said they were not surprised.

"(You've) just got make the best of it.," said Joyce Price of Enid, Okla. "That's all we can do."

Price was making the best of the delays and cancellations by celebrating the fact she gets two more days with her sons before they fly back to Cleveland. Their Friday flight through Chicago was canceled

"Mother Nature's got the power, so you've just got to be patient with her, too," Price said. "Make sure you fly safe."

Darlene Ford and her husband were hoping the weather delays would not cause them to miss their cruise from New Orleans Saturday. Even if they make it, the weather could keep the trip from going as planned.

"It's a family vacation we're trying to get to and we have people all over the United States and all but three people have had to reschedule," Ford said.

Frank Waitt's struggle to get to Frankfort, Germany, started Thursday.

"Our original flight was scheduled for yesterday: Wichita to Chicago and then Chicago to Frankfurt," Waitt said. "That was canceled yesterday."

He was able to leave Friday afternoon for Houston for a connecting flight to Frankfurt.

The weather was blamed for delaying flights going nowhere near the area affected by the winter storm. Greg Diamond's flight to Dallas was originally scheduled to leave about 5 a.m. Friday. It still hadn't left by 10 p.m.

"Well the plane was here and the weather was good in Dallas, but the crew had timed out," Diamond said. "They couldn't fly."

The number of delays and cancellations increased as the day moved on and those who had to wait said they couldn't worry too much about it..

Price's son Tom Futo said he wasn't too inconvenienced by having to wait until Sunday to head home. Plus, he was glad to have some extra time with his mom.

"My girlfriend's missing me and just have to make do with it, I guess," he said.

Travelers know to expect delays when flying during the winter.

"Take them as they come and it's unfortunate, it's inconvenient a little bit, but it's to be expected unfortunately sometimes," Waitt said.

Patience is a must, Ford said.

"When it's weather-related, you need to really be relaxed and try and let them do their job because they're just as anxious for you to get out of here, you know, as you are to get on your way, too," she said. "I think everything is going well, considering."


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