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No Disruptions Expected For Super Bowl Travelers

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Travelers look at a flight information screen at JFK International Airport in New York City. (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Travelers look at a flight information screen at JFK International Airport in New York City. (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Super Bowl fans should have no fear of weather-related disruptions at DFW International Airport as they make their way home on Monday.

Now, if only they will show up three hours early for their flights.

That’s the advice from American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Sanderson. The Fort Worth carrier operates most of its flights in and our of DFW Airport, which is expected to have one of its busiest days of the year as football fans disperse from North Texas.

Crowds were already growing at the airport before 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. About 200,000 passengers are expected on Monday, a 25 percent increase over a typical winter Monday. And after icy weather, seat confusion and a number of other mishaps, DFW Airport officials are working to make sure that the last fan experience in North Texas is a positive one.

To prepare for the possible record-breaking crowd, extra airport staff is on-hand. Hundreds of volunteers in green vests are helping visitors find their way around the busy airport. And so far, it seems that the kind Texans are making the biggest impression on out-of-towners. “I thought everybody was very friendly, and the hospitality that we experienced was great,” said traveler Brittany Hammons. “Maybe if we come back another time we’ll have good weather.”

On Sunday night, Sanderson said that no flights at DFW Airport had been canceled, and there were only a few cancellations at American’s hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. But still, travelers are urged to arrive at the airport three hours before flights due to the surge of homeward-bound passengers.

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