SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The heavy winter storm unloading on the Midwest is causing some serious headaches at Lindbergh Field Friday.
By lunchtime, there were an estimated 75 delayed flights due to weather - this ahead of the second busiest travel weekend just behind Christmas. The thousands of passengers flying to and from Lindbergh Field are being told to expect big crowds and flight delays.
Airport representatives blame stormy weather in the Midwest and remind travelers that your flight could be impacted no matter where you're going, as the plane you're going to board may be experiencing delays at a previous destination, triggering a domino effect, leaving many facing delayed departure times.
Rebecca Bloomfield with Lindbergh Field tells travelers to check their flight before heading to the airport to make sure they're taking off on time.
The TSA also recommends arriving at the airport two hours prior to your flight.
If you go through security with a wrapped gift, the TSA says it will have to unwrap your present before you can proceed. However, the TSA is offering free gift wrapping after security from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until December 23.
This weekend, 55,000 people
are expected travel through Lindbergh Field, including several of our armed
service men and women. That is about 10,000 more travelers than the average.