A Texas meteorologist was stuck in Milwaukee and Chicago for two full days after his flights back home were canceled a total of six times as airports around the United States enter their fourth day of travel misery due to storms and pandemic era-related staff shortages.
In a series of tweets over the weekend, Shel Winkley, a meteorologist for KBTX News, shared how he struggled to arrive at – and later get home from – an American Meteorological Society Broadcast Conference in Milwaukee.
He shares his story as more than 700 flights were canceled coming into or departing from the United States on Sunday, according to Flight Aware, with over 1,000 were delayed.
Delta fared the worst of the American airlines, with six percent of its total flights canceled on Sunday, and United Airlines saw three percent of its flights canceled and four percent delayed. For American Airlines, which Winkley was dealing with over the weekend, five percent of its flights were delayed on Sunday.
Among the worst hit airports were Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, Georgia; John F Kennedy Airport in New York City and the Chicago O’Hare airport.
The travel anguish comes after a total of 8,900 delays and 1,470 cancelation thwarted US travels on Friday and more than 1,700 were canceled on Thursday amid storms in the southeast and northeast.
Since then, there have been more than 4,000 flights canceled across the United States.
Winkley’s saga began Monday when he first faced a four-hour delay from Dallas-Fort Worth to General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Melissa Koenig and Ronny Reyes