Russ Melchert and his wife flew from Kansas City, Missouri, to Dallas on Friday


Russ Melchert and his wife flew from Kansas City, Missouri, to Dallas on Friday


Russ Melchert and his wife flew from Kansas City, Missouri, to Dallas on Friday to watch his alma mater’s football team play the next day at the Cotton Bowl.⁠

Melchert was set to return home at 12:35 p.m. Sunday from Dallas Love Field airport on a Southwest Airlines flight, but it was just one of thousands of flights canceled over the weekend due to air traffic control problems, limited staffing in Florida, and bad weather, Southwest said.⁠

No rental cars were available to drive outside of Dallas, and booking on another airline would have cost about $1,800, Melchert said. So the couple rented a U-Haul truck, threw their carry-on luggage in the back, and were homeward bound. Melchert estimates spending $900 on the rental truck and fuel.⁠

📸: Russ Melchert



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