Another winter storm heading for the northeast dumped freezing rain on north Texas and forced the cancellations of around 1,000 flights Saturday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
It was the second day of major disruption following the cancellation of 600 flights Friday at one of the nation’s busiest airline hubs.
Some 5,000 travelers spent the night at the airport, spokesman David Magana said, according to the Associated Press. Flight tracker Flightaware.com reported 974 flights canceled by Saturday after at Dallas-Fort Worth.
The airport provided cots, blankets and toiletries to the passengers, plus kept concession stands open over night.
“Extremely frustrating,” Katie Kacarab, who was heading back to California, told WFAA-TV said. “Extremely!”
“We were stuck on the tarmac for three hours. Told we had to get the plane de-iced,” she said. “That we were in line, getting ready to do it — it was going to take 20 minutes. We became plane No. 7, plane No. 10.”
Kacarab said passengers on her American Airlines flight were asked to leave the plane and head back to the ticket counter, where they waited there for an additional four hours.
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SOURCE: USA Today