After a weekend of snow, ice and massive holiday travel delays, some Atlantans may be looking forward to a quiet New Year’s at home.
For travelers who were flying over the weekend – or who are still trying to get home – the words “bedraggled”, “exhausted”, “stranded” and “canceled” are all too familiar. As of Tuesday, nearly 7,000 flights had been canceled because of heavy snowfall and brutal winds up and down the East Coast. Juggling passengers and rescheduling flights in the run-up to the New Year, when flights are typically full anyway, could take several more days.
Even some lucky few who were able to get in the air and arrive at their destination found their troubles weren’t over. Passengers on several planes landing in New York earlier this week sat on the tarmac for as many as eight hours before they could disembark.
With train schedules and road travel also disrupted, especially in the northeast, it would come as no surprise that travelers may