Bad weather causes massive flight delays in US, passenger claims plane ran out of fuel due to 6 hour taxi

Many passengers were unable to reach their destination. (LaGuardia Airport file photo)

Airlines and passengers experienced one of the worst days for flight cancellations as thunderstorms from Texas to the US East Coast disrupted air traffic. According to a Washington Post report, 1,485 flights were canceled and more than 6,000 were delayed. American, Southwest and United were the hardest hit among major airlines, the outlet said. He cited data from FlightAware to say that 39% of American Airline flights were delayed, while the percentage was 40 for Southwest. The flight tracking website also said 52% of JetBlue’s flight schedules were also disrupted due to bad weather.

Passengers who reached airports to board the flights posted their harrowing experience on social media. They complained of multiple cancellations in one day, seemingly endless customer service lines and hours spent on the tarmac while taxiing the plane.

“Last night was a disaster,” said Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, as quoted by the Job.

One of the passengers was New York Times journalist Hiroko Tabuchi, who said on Twitter that his United Airlines plane for the Newark-Denver fight stayed on the runway for six hours and eventually returned to the terminal because it “ran out of fuel”.

After a long delay, passengers were asked to disembark the plane so it could be refueled and boarding could resume, Ms Tabuchi said in a later tweet.

Fellow passenger Sherrie Wallace, who reached LaGuardia Airport on her way home to Ohio, said CBS News that his flight never took off. “I’m still here 24 hours later. My flight was delayed once, twice, three times and then a fourth time… Then they told us the flight was cancelled,” she said.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the average delay in the national airspace system on Monday was 37 minutes, and 92% was due to weather, 5% was due to volume and only 3% was due to traffic. personal.