Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in the D.C. area and thousands of flights have been cancelled across the country, giving weary-of-winter passengers yet another chance to practice patience. Lori Aratani sends this dispatch from Reagan National:
At Reagan National, the security queues in Terminals B and C were deserted, but still a fair number of passengers strolled through the terminals, grabbing a cruller at Dunkin’ Donuts or some sushi and miso soup at Matsutake. Call them the optimists.
After holding out hope that flight operations might resume mid-morning, airport officials finally shut down the airport’s runways around 10 a.m. as crews worked to clear the snow. Many passengers with scheduled departures and early hotel checkout headed to the airport anyway, and settled in for a long day of waiting and hoping.
Garth Hodgins and Justine Farrell were among them. The pair, who flew in Friday evening for Hodgins’s cousins’ Saturday wedding, anticipated problems getting back to West Palm Beach. So they rebooked, hoping to get out Sunday evening — a day early, when rain was the only issue. But it was not to be.
“It was delay, delay, delay,” Hodgins said. “And then it was canceled.
So they rebooked and headed to a hotel for the night.
“There’s nothing you can do about it,” he said as he watched crews working to clear the snow from Reagan’s runways. “So I don’t bother getting excited about it.
As for the snow, it doesn’t faze him. He went to the University of Michigan.
“I don’t miss this one bit,” he said. “that’s why I live in Florida.”
He joked that he was now officially declaring a ban on family weddings during winter months. But he did confess his relatives could be in for some flight delays of their own, come September.
He and Farrell are scheduled to be married in Florida — right in the middle of hurricane season.