When Breauna Reeves was packing for her journey to go to household in Aurora, Colorado, her work laptop did not make the minimize. The 23-year-old traveled from Dallas, the place she lives, to have fun her youthful sister’s 14th birthday, and solely deliberate to spend the weekend there.
However as winter climate pummeled massive components of america, with an arctic chilly entrance stretching from Texas to the East Coast, her brief journey was prolonged indefinitely. “We weren’t speculated to be working remotely and, clearly, I did not plan on this occurring,” Reeves, who works in accounts payable for a headlight distributor, informed USA TODAY.
Her Frontier Airways flight to Dallas was canceled Monday, and the subsequent out there nonstop flight with the airline was not till Wednesday evening. Reeves canceled the reservation and rebooked a Tuesday flight with United Airways, utilizing her nice aunt’s factors with the airline to partially pay for it, solely to have that canceled as nicely.
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Reeves is hardly alone. Many vacationers’ plans have been upended as airways canceled over 1,100 U.S. flights Monday and greater than 1,700 flights Tuesday, and delayed 1000’s extra. Some airports in Texas and New York issued floor stops as a result of wintry climate, and airways issued waivers for impacted passengers.
This week’s cancellations come after a winter storm disrupted flights final week, and follows main disruptions to air journey over the winter in December, culminating in Southwest Airways cancelling almost 17,000 flights within the final 10 days of December.
One traveler’s delay is one other’s day journey
Legion Ambrose flew from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Dallas Tuesday morning on his approach to go to his father and sister in Tampa, Florida, for a week-long journey. However after arriving, the second leg of the 19-year-old faculty pupil’s Southwest flight was canceled and he and his fellow passengers needed to deplane.
After visiting the customer support desk, the airline booked him – at no cost – on one other flight that may not depart till round 9:30 p.m.
“At first, I used to be genuinely very aggravated, I will not lie,” Ambrose stated. “It was type of irritating as a result of I wished to go to Florida as quickly as attainable.”
However he determined to make the most of his additional time in Texas. Having by no means been to Dallas, he left the airport to see the sights, taking an Uber to the aquarium and grabbing a chunk at a pizza restaurant.
“Vehicles are rather a lot slower than ordinary as a result of it’s a little bit icy on the street, however nothing too dangerous,” he stated.
What am I owed if my flight is delayed or canceled?
If an airline cancels your flight for any motive, the Division of Transportation requires them to supply a refund to all affected passengers, even those that purchased a nonrefundable ticket.
Insurance policies round delays, nevertheless, are set by particular person carriers.
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The DOT launched an interactive dashboard final 12 months that enables vacationers to search out out precisely what they’re owed relying on their airline.
Reeves was in a position to stick with her household and use her mother and father’ private laptop for work, and is tentatively scheduled to go away on Wednesday, however is cautious of her latest flight’s prospects.
“I am simply grateful that I can work remotely and catch conferences from right here in Colorado, however it’s undoubtedly hectic to remain someplace three to 4 days longer than you deliberate on,” she stated.
Contributing: Zach Wichter and Eve Chen, USA TODAY