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Mitchell flights delayed, including MPD Chief Flynn's

CREATED Jan 12, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 12, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Many people flying in and out of Southeastern Wisconsin were experiencing flight delays due to snow falling at Mitchell International Airport, including Milwaukee's police chief.

"I'm feeling like I'm about to play some very serious hooky," said Flynn in a live interview with TODAY'S TMJ4's Shelley Walcott. "Sadly , it looks like I'm not going to be the subject of a deposition because of the snow."

Chief Ed Flynn's flight to Chicago was delayed Thursday morning.

He was supposed to fly to Hartford, CT to give a deposition, but decided to go back to work.

Mitchell Airport spokeswoman Pat Rowe told Walcott that some flights were even being canceled, but some were arriving early.

Rowe also explained that crews were working hard to keep runways clear.

"We have 30-plus maintenance folks on the runways.  We've got some combo units who broom, brush, blow snow, plow.  They're really fantastic, intricate machines.  We've got a crew that's been training for a couple of months, and they're kind of excited to be out there."

Lauren Trifilio and her husband were trying to make it to LA.  But first, they found it nearly impossible to get out of Chicago.  "Our flight was supposed to leave at two (p.m).  We got a flight at 10 (p.m) saying it was cancelled.    So made a thousand calls to Southwest so we jumped in the car and made it to Milwaukee and hopefully our flight will leave on time."  

Southwest and other airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights across the midwest. Frontier Airlines is allowing passengers to change their flight plans through Friday free of charge.  All this as crews work to clear Milwaukee's runways of the season's first snow.

Milwaukee was not the only city experiencing flight delays.

All Southwest Airlines flight coming in and out of Midway Airport in Chicago were canceled.