Airlines Cancel More Than 2,200 Flights Due To Snow; Call Ahead For Trains
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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—No matter the mode of transportation, this was a poor travel day. Winter weather stranded travelers from Penn Station to BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Gigi Barnett reports the cancellations and delays reached well into the thousands.
There were across-the-board delays and cancellations.
Coming or going, winter weather made traveling a mess for passengers.
“It kept increasing. The delay time kept increasing. But as long as it’s running, that’s all I care about,” said Maria Swaby-Rowe, Amtrak passenger.
For a while it seemed nothing moved fast.
Trains stalled. Buses crept along. Planes didn’t budge.
“I’m trying to get back,” said Mark Zimmerman, airline passenger.
Zimmerman tried to beat the snow and catch a red-eye back to sunny Florida. The last-ditch effort didn’t work.
“I drove up from D.C. this morning hoping to catch an early flight before things got bad and the airport shut down, but they beat me to it,” Zimmerman said.
Up and down the Northeast region, the snow crippled more than 2,000 flights and train lines.
“They swear that it’s leaving, that it’s happening,” said Lawrence Ferber, Amtrak passenger.
Ferber is a travel writer in New York. He has one rule of thumb when it comes to traveling in the winter.
“I tend to not travel too much in January and February because of the snow. But you figure by March, ‘Come on. No more snow.’ And we are snarled,” Ferber said.
If you think the cancellations number was bad at more than 2,000, well the delays were even worse. Travel experts say up and down the Northeast region, at least 3,500 trains and planes were delayed on Monday alone.
Airports and Amtrak spokespersons say they’ll try to resume flights and train lines later Monday night. But passengers should still call ahead or check travel sites for details on their final destinations.
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