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Why American Eagle Had Most Cancelled Flights at DFW

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Crews de-ice a Spirit airplane at DFW Int'l Airport. (credit: CBS 11 News)

Crews de-ice a Spirit airplane at DFW Int’l Airport. (credit: CBS 11 News)

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) - De-icing delayed some departures at DFW International Airport.

American Airlines says it had to cancel 350 flights to and from DFW today, the most throughout its system.

Allie Michel and Alyssa Schor’s mid-morning flight from Indianapolis was among them, so they had to find an earlier flight.

Schor says, “They told me that I could take an 8pm flight, but we had to be here by a certain time today, so it took about an hour and a half, and we did get on the 8:30 a.m. flight.”

Like Schor’s flight, American says most of those cancelled were on American Eagle.

That’s because there’s less de-icing equipment at DFW for the regional jets Eagle flies than there is for larger mainline jets.

Regional jets are also more limited when it comes to flying in stormy or wintry weather than bigger jets.

Michel and Schor have come to Dallas for a youth conference, and aren’t the only ones who had to pack their patience for this trip.

Michel says, “I feel like a couple have had delays and they’re working around it.”

Southwest Airlines says it had only scattered, short delays at Dallas Love Field.

But as the wintry weather moves East, there could be thousands of delays and cancellations.

If you’re flying to the east coast, call your airline first.

American Airlines is now allowing customers headed to many east coast destinations to change their travel plans free of charge.

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