Flight Delays, Gridlock Mean Long Day Ahead for Holiday Fliers at LAX

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Holiday travelers heading to LAX can expect traffic gridlock and possibly delays Friday as winter storms delay flights heading to the West Coast and departing flights have to wait for their planes to arrive, airport officials said.

A TSA agent guides holiday travelers through a security checkpoint in Terminal 2 at LAX on Thursday, one of the busiest travel days of the year. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

A TSA agent guides holiday travelers through a security checkpoint in Terminal 2 at LAX on Thursday, one of the busiest travel days of the year. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

More than 130 flights are expected to be delayed before noon at Los Angeles International Airport Friday, said airport spokeswoman Mary Grady. Approximately 91 arrivals and 47 departures are delayed through noon, she said.

“When you’ve got that number of arrival delays, the departure delays are because they’re waiting for equipment to arrive,” Grady said.

At least nine flights were cancelled Friday going to or from LAX, according to flightaware.com.

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