Strong winds cause difficulties for air travelers

FARGO, N.D. (KVLY) With howling wind speeds clocking in between 50 and 60 miles an hour today, most travelers trying to get out of the Valley are stuck here another day.

There was barely a soul in sight at Hector International Airport today, as flight after flight was cancelled.

"It gets very frustrating, but at the same time there's nothing we can really do about it," Hector's Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein said.

The few who did walk through the doors today, soon walked back out. Some told Valley News Live they couldn't get their flights rescheduled until Saturday.

"March is our busiest month. It will be this way next year, it will be this way the following year. If your flight is cancelled now, it's very very difficult for the carriers to find seats for you today, tomorrow and maybe the next day," Dobberstein said.

One traveler stuck in Fargo says she's more than frustrated after she drove here from Aberdeen, S.D., Wednesday morning in hopes of switching to an earlier flight to dodge the storm.

"I'd say the most frustrating part is knowing that weather was going to be bad Thursday and they did not put a travel advisory for people to change their flights. You know, I was being proactive. I got here early yesterday and I could have gotten on a flight if there was room, and they wouldn't even consider it," Livia Mahaffie said.

Mahaffie says because a weather advisory was not given, American Airlines wouldn't let her change flights without a $250 fee.

"Woke up this morning, my flight was cancelled. You know, it's frustrating to spend so much money when you pay a lot for a ticket, gas to get here, hotel," she said.

But Dobberstein says as frustrating as it is, patience is a virtue when your travel plans are at the mercy of mother nature.

As of 5:40 Thursday evening, two planes have landed in Fargo and one has departed.