Winter Storm Causes Thousands of Flight Delays Across the U.S.

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    Winter Storm Causes Thousands of Flight Delays Across the U.S.

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    My good friend boarded a flight from Philly, sat down and then was told flight is cancelled. She said its snowing about one inch per hour.
     
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    Thanks for the update.
     
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    She is headed to Milwaukee...snow to snow!
     
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    She just text...flight cancelled. Looks like Philly got beat by the snow.
     
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    Looks like BA cancelled majority of flights from JFK-LHR as well. I assume other major carriers as well.
     
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    Well, get ready for all the "UA (DL, AA, etc.) is a horrible airline. They refused to fly in heavy snow, and canceled my flight... " posts.
     
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    Bill Hunt,
    I've got just 4 words for those boneheads: "Air Florida Flight 90". I've pasted a link from the Washington Post below about this disaster. Sadly, I remember it well. Newscience

    See:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...ida-flight-90/2012/01/11/gIQAEVH4tP_blog.html
     
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    My friend is a military spouse and ended up on a cot at the USO. She is safe and hopes to fly out today.
     
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    Thanks for the updates.
     
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    Well observed. Water into wine, milk or liquid gold. :):D:cool: But overall, such situations are bad, let's hope everything is OK with everyone out there.
     
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    There have been a few other instances. My first concern is "get us to X safely," and so far, that has always worked.

    I recall a pax at HNL, who, when informed that the UA 777, scheduled for our departure was "broken," and the parts would not arrive for a day. He loudly proclaimed DYKWIA, and demanded that they fly the plane, regardless, as he had many big deals awaiting in Los Angeles (on a Sunday?). I had to laugh.

    If the cockpit crew, or ATC says, "hey guys, it's too rough out there to fly," I am with them 100%. I just get a room at/near the airport, and make the best of it. That's why we both keep our hotel loyalty status high - last minute calls, still get service in many cases.

    I used to do a lot of aerial photography, while hanging out of float planes and helicopters. I had an understanding with each pilot - "I'll tell you what I want, but then, you tell me what you can safely do." Simple.

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    Just a beware: Snow arriving here in the Toronto area starting off and on tonight (Friday), and continuing flurries/squals though Saturday, with the heaviest on Sunday where it is expected to snow most of the day before moving eastward to Canada's eastern provinces. Don't know if it will affect flights along the U.S. east coast, but it might be an idea to keep track of this new storm if you're flying over the weekend or Monday.

    Bad accident today with 37 vehicles involved caused by black ice, snow squals, and whiteouts along highway 401, the major east/west highway in Ontario.
     
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    Another bad multi-vehicle accident on the 401, this time to the west of TO, near Cambridge. Police are asking people to not drive on the major highways unless absolutely necessary. Very slippery conditions on most roads outside the Greater Toronto area, with high winds causing blowing snow.
     

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