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TIA passengers deal with delays because of massive storm

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Jonathan Menezes has no idea how long he'll be stuck in Tampa. But he's a frequent business traveler and came prepared to stay. He packed lightly and says delays just come with traveling during the winter.

"My flight is canceled, I managed to get onto another flight that is earlier, and that earlier flight is also delayed. It hasn't left Toronto yet," he said.

As of Friday evening, there have been 42 canceled flights either departing from or arriving at Tampa International Airport.  Many of those passengers are booked on other flights before they head out to the airport.

Christine Osborne, airport spokeswoman, says New York is the No. 1 city for TIA departures and arrivals.  She says airlines are doing a good job notifying travelers of cancellations and delays.  And that minimizes the long lines that used to be typical when a storm of this magnitude hit the U.S.

"There are very few passengers who have to come out here to the airport and stand in line to make those plans," Osborne said. "Most people have made those changes before they get to the airport."

Still, there are those like Bob Richards, stuck in limbo. He says he called his airline before leaving Sarasota this morning and was told his Toronto flight was just a half an hour behind schedule.

Once he arrived, though, it was a different story.

"When I arrived, it's three hours late and, if fact, they're saying it may get canceled because the plane that's to take us home hasn't left Canada yet," Richards said.

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