At Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, other issues arose unrelated to the weather.
They watched and waited, hour by hour.
Not as bad as last year but still this is rough
"At this point we just want to go home," said one man waiting.
Alexander Winegarner stuck at baggage claim after burying his grandmother in Los Angeles.
His flight from Detroit to Cleveland was canceled and his plan of driving home tonight after getting his bags a pipe dream.
"I'm disgusted really," he said. "Honestly, I am.
"The lady did say that too, it's really no guarantee. We might wait four to six hours and still not get our bags. 24 05
"I can't leave my bags, I'm a heart patient. I need my medicine."
You can blame it on Sunday's snow storm - metro Detroit's biggest in 40 years.
The airport got nearly 17 inches of snow.
"Wake up all day today shoveling snow and then come here to catch my flight delayed and it gets delayed three times," said Brad Fore. "And then it was canceled and switched to another flight then that was canceled."
If they weren't canceled, many flights were delayed.
By 6:38 p.m. Monday that was the case for nearly 80 percent of them at DTW according to FlightTracker.com.
David Baron is headed back to Huntsville from Windsor, Ontario.
"It's delayed," he said.
To make matters worse, Delta Airlines suffered a site outage that caused delays on its website, smartphone app and airport kiosks early Monday.
Sources tell FOX 2 super bowl snow day sidelined roughly 70 Transportation Security Agents Monday morning.
"They seemed short-staffed and it seems like everybody is on edge," said Steven Selvaggio.
A TSA spokesperson said the storm took a toll on agents the same way it did businesses and workers throughout the region.
"It's been rough to say the least, yes," said Alan Lucia.
Lucia's flight to New York was canceled Sunday, the airline booked another Monday.
"We got here at 8:30 this morning and we're still here now trying to get our bags back because all the flights were canceled to New York City," he said.
"(My flight) is on time," said Laura Wusinski. "For now. Let's hope it stays that way."
Wusinski is one of the lucky ones, her flight to Chicago was not delayed.
Her flight to Detroit was another story.
"My flight was canceled yesterday out of Fort Meyers," she said. "Total inconvenience. But I got to spend another day in the warm weather so not that bad."
One must keep optimism as a carry-on in conditions like this and roll with the punches.
"There's nothing you can do," Baron said. "This is the biggest snowfall in 40 years. Be patient."
A lesson often learned the hard way
"Ain't nothing else we can do," Winegarner said.