The summer flying season is now under way and experts say this may be the worst yet for delays and cancellations.
They say because takeoffs are returning to pre-Nine-Eleven levels, travelers should expect plenty of security delays as well as the typical weather ones.
That was the case in some places yesterday. At Washington Dulles International Airport the security line ballooned into the thousands, causing one passenger to say "I can't even see where it begins."
Things went more smoothly in the West, where America West has hubs in Phoenix and Las Vegas. A spokesman there says things have gone "great."
Another problem is the weather.
Hot, humid air produces summer thunderstorms that can't be avoided. New strategies to deal with the weather have yet to be tested.