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Storms Strand Travelers at RDU

Posted January 2, 1999

— The domino effect of bad storms continues to affect hundreds of travelers atRaleigh-Durham International Airport.

"Our flight to Washington's been cancelled, so I don't know what we're going to do," Erin Delaney said.

Delaney's flight was one of many that was scrapped Sunday because of the snowstorm. Many flights to and from cities in the Midwest and Northeast were cancelled over the weekend, leaving many passengers stranded.

"I'm tired already and I feel bad for all the people who've already been here for many hours, because I'm sure that's what we're going to be -- here for many hours!" Delaney said.

Some passengers waited for hours on Sunday just to find out they weren't going anywhere.

"I got in theUSAirwaysline and waited a couple of hours, finally got up there and I can get to Philadelphia but not to upstate New York," Eric Robbins said.

Another traveller can't get to New York either. The airline is sending her to New Jersey instead.

"Now they're sending me to Philadelphia first and wait there for an hour. And then take another flight to White Plains," Hajira Kahn said.

Stranded travelers tried to make other arrangements but quickly learned their prospects weren't good.

"I'm calling a travel agent to see if we can get a ticket without waiting in line," said one traveler who was trying to be clever.

Frustrated travelers learned that the snowstorm is having a domino effect on flights all over the country. Bobby Tyree can't even get to Florida on time.

"It's a three-and-a-half-hour delay here, another four-hour delay when I get to Charlotte. So it's a total of 7 1/2 hours trying to get to Florida," Tyree said.

Some passengers have been trying to get to their destination since Saturday. Mike Blanton, an RDU Airport Authority spokesperson, says if you're travelling, call your airline to make sure the flight is on schedule.


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