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Stranded visitor tackles flight issues in Vegas

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Many visitors who were stranded in the Valley because of Superstorm Sandy are going home. Officials at McCarran Airport said things are back to normal but they're playing catch-up after so many delays this week. No one wants to go back home more than Onur Kara.

"I just want to lay in my bed," said Kara, who lives in New Jersey.

However, when he went to check in at United, his flight wasn't canceled. He wasn't on it.

"They have no record of me making the reservation," said Kara.

He said their explanation was Expedia didn't issue a ticket number. Kara said there's a two-hour wait time on the phone to figure out what went wrong. He's had to deal with two other flight cancellations.

"The best thing was when they booked me a flight," said Kara. "It got canceled within five minutes of booking it. It was spectacular. It was the best."

For the past couple days, Kara said he started splurging on food and going to fancy restaurants in Vegas. So far, he said he spent $3,000 more than he wanted to spend.

Kara lives in northern New Jersey. The bigger reason he wants to be home is because three of his friends lost their homes in Sandy's rage.

"Their homes are flooded," said Kara. "I'm more worried about that. Once I get back I can assess the damage to their homes and see if I can help out a little bit."

He said he knows he's needed there more than in Vegas.

"I'm thinking about my friends who have to deal with a lot more than I do," said Kara.

Kara is worried he might have to stay another day because all flights are booked. He said at least the Venetian offered him a disaster rate of $109 per night.

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