Long lines and missing luggage cause travel problems for Europe travelers | USA TODAY #Shorts

If a summer eurotrip is still on your horizon, experts and fellow travelers warn that this is the season to get to the airport early and pack your patience.

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A favorable exchange rate between the dollar and the euro may make a summer getaway to Europe look attractive this year, but travelers who have been there warn that the continent's airports are a mess.

Mark Cassell, a political science professor at Kent State University who lives in Washington, D.C., told USA TODAY that his experience traveling home from Amsterdam this week was marred by flight cancelations, long lines and lost bags.

“Just getting my boarding pass required at least an hour and half of waiting, and waiting to get through security was another three hours," he said. "I looked at the number of steps I took and it was at least two to three kilometers of lines."

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