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Travelers wait in line before passing through a security checkpoint at Denver International Airport on December 28, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images hide caption

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Travelers wait next to their luggage near the Southwest Airlines baggage claim area at the Nashville International Airport after the airline canceled thousands of flights in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday. Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A flight board shows canceled flights at the Southwest Airlines terminal at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday. Eugene Garcia/AP hide caption

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The blizzard is just one reason behind the operational meltdown at Southwest Airlines

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Vehicles are seen abandoned in heavy snowfall in downtown Buffalo, New York, on Monday. Emergency crews counted the grim costs of a colossal winter storm that brought Christmas chaos to the U.S., especially in hard-hit western New York. Joed Viera/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Cars and trucks are stranded on sections of Interstate 95 Tuesday Jan. 4, 2022, near Quantico, Va. Close to 48 miles of the Interstate was closed due to ice and snow. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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