Flights Cancelled Leaving Passengers Stranded
POSTED: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 5:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 11:29am
Passengers hoping to fly out Thursday from the Brownsville South Padre International Airport found themselves having to make other plans.
The weather moving into our area has made it too dangerous to fly.
"The pilot came on board and told us that he had felt ice on the wings and since there is no de-icing in Brownsville that it was safer to not take off." said a passenger forced to de-board his flight.
A few of the super early flights made it out Thursday morning, but by mid morning, cancellation to nearly all flights had been ordered.
Some passengers we found at the airport are from the area, so just returned home.
However, a number of other flyers were not so lucky. One stranded passenger, from Central Mexico, has no family or friends in the valley. He said he plans to wait it out until he can hop on the next available outbound flight.
"Maybe I sleep tonight.(at the airport?), yes, maybe." said the stranded passenger.
Others didn't have time to wait around.
"I need to really reach to Atlanta by tomorrow so maybe we are planning to go by the car, so that's what we're going to do now." said a passenger whose flight was canceled.
News Center 23 caught up with a New Yorker who rushed in to the airport to check in, thinking he was going to be late for his flight only to be slowed way down. Luckily he says he’s not in a hurry to get out of the lower valley because he just found out it'll be Saturday before he can make it back to the Empire State.
Right now American Airlines, which is based out of Dallas, continues to monitor their future flights, but Continental Airlines has definitely cancelled all flights from the lower valley airport through February 5th.
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