Posted on October 29, 2012 at 6:13 AM
Monday, Oct 29 at 2:13 PM
AUSTIN -- Hurricane Sandy is packing a punch in the northeast, but the impact is rippling nationwide. Travel plans are taking a hit - even at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
The airport first started posting cancellations Sunday evening. About a dozen flights have been canceled for Monday, all of them set to head toward the Northeast.
“I would not want to be flying today out on the East Coast that’s for sure. That would be a nightmare,” said ABIA traveler Danyelle Jemmott.
Jemmott is one of hundreds of passengers Monday morning who managed to avoid the chaos that’s going on nationwide. For the most part the flight boards at ABIA flashed blue, meaning flights were on time. Only a handful of flights displayed the dreaded red ‘Canceled’ sign blinking on and off.
Philadelphia is facing the brunt of the cancellations. More than 1,200 flights in and out of the city were canceled Monday alone. The cancellations are expected to continue into Tuesday. Travelers are now trapped. In New York City subway, train and bus services were shut down.
“The thing about New York [is] they’re not used to this. In Florida, when we lived there, folks are used to hurricanes and things so we know what to do. But when you have something like that hit a city that big, I think five million people or something, and they don’t know what to do usually. I think it’s going to be tough, but I think they’ll get through it in a couple of days," said ABIA traveler Tony Jemmott.
Most airlines are preparing for two days of cancellations to and from the northeast coast. Passengers are being told to prepare to stay put until Wednesday.