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Dense fog keeps travelers away from loved ones


On the day before Thanksgiving, there are normally long lines at the airport. That wasn't the case this year at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids.

The dense fog late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning put a damper on holiday travel.

"Not sure what's going on now, but eventually we will get there," said traveler Mackenzie Jacobs. "Hopefully."

Jacobs and her group were trying to get to a wedding, but found out early Wednesday morning their flight to Chicago was canceled due to the fog.

Phyllis Strabala followed all the travel rules to make her flight smoother, even showing up early to the airport Tuesday night ready to fly out. Mother Nature had other plans.

"Eventually they told us, 'OK, (your) flight (is) going to be not until morning,' so it's like, 'OK, thank heavens I have a daughter here in Cedar Rapids,'" Strabala said. "It's like, 'Hello, you don't know it, but I'm spending the night.'"

The fog began lifting Wednesday morning and, with it, the moods of passengers who found alternative routes to get to their families for the holiday.

"I'm glad that they kept us here rather than be in the air and have something happen," Strabala said. "It's not fun for the pilots either, I'm sure."

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