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What airlines don't tell you about flight delays

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There's a lot that airlines don't tell you about domestic flight delays. Weather and mechanical problems are just some of the issues causing holdups and cancellations. There's a lot that airlines don't tell you about domestic flight delays. Weather and mechanical problems are just some of the issues causing holdups and cancellations.

(CBS News) – There's a lot that airlines don't tell you about domestic flight delays. Weather and mechanical problems are just some of the issues causing holdups and cancellations. As CBS News' Kris Van Cleave reports, many of the problem-plagued routes have some things in common -- things that could save you time next time you fly.

Larsen Jay knows what should be a quick flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Knoxville, Tennessee, often isn't.

"Delayed, delayed, delayed, and then they change their mind and it's delayed again," Jay said.

Forty-four percent of flights on that route did not arrive on time last year -- the worst nationally. Here's why:

  • The route flies from a hub airport for two major carriers that is prone to delays from weather and congestion. Fifteen of the 20 worst on the list all came to or from O'Hare.
  • Typically all flights to Knoxville are small regional jets, which is the case for 17 of the 20 worst-performing routes.
  • They hold fewer passengers and make several stops during the day, increasing the likelihood of a delay, especially late in the day.

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