The good news for Seattle travelers: So far, local carrier Alaska Airlines has no flight cancellations Monday or Tuesday because of the deep freeze in other parts of the nation. Alaska even expects to make it in and out of Minneapolis, despite a forecast Monday high of 14 below, with a wind chill of -50 degrees F.
But just as college students have been trying to get back to school from winter break, harsh winter weather in the Midwest — on the heels of last week’s East Coast snowstorm — has crippled air travel across the country. More than 9,000 flights have been canceled over the last four days nationwide (see below for a local example). JetBlue is suspending operations overnight at New York and Boston airports in hopes of catching up. Are you — or were you — one of the stranded many?
What’s it like to sleep in an airport? How long was your plane stranded on the tarmac? How are you coping?
If you’re sitting in an airport now, or among the lucky ones who got through, please take a minute to share your story about the Big Freeze, and offer tips if you can help other travelers. Click on “comments” and tell the world.