Eastern, Midwest snowstorm snarls Nashville air travel - WKRN News 2

Eastern, Midwest snowstorm snarls Nashville air travel

Posted: Updated: Jan 3, 2014 06:11 AM CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The brunt of a New Year snowstorm in the Midwest and Northeast may have missed Nashville for now, but it's already snarling air traffic in and out of the city's airport.

Just before Noon Thursday, the big departure board in the terminal at Nashville International showed slightly more than half the flights cancelled or delayed.

Most of the flights canceled were to major hubs like Chicago and the heavily traffic northeastern corridor such as the New York area and Boston.

It left long lines outside the ticket counters for United and American, which carry many Nashville passengers to Chicago and northeast hubs.

Aileen Pattison sat on the floor leaning against her bags outside the American counter.

Her 9 a.m. Delta flight into the Newark airport to catch a flight home to Scotland was canceled, but she was hopeful after being re-booked this afternoon to JFK Airport.

"I am keeping my fingers crossed that it won't be canceled," Aileen told News 2.

Along with keeping fingers crossed, there were many ways to deal all with all the delays and cancellations throughout the day at the Nashville airport.

Nashville's Tom Bogenschild found a chair and put his feet up on his luggage while seeing delay after delay on a flight to Toronto.

"There's not much I can do," he laughed. "I am frustrated, but I have done a lot of traveling and there is not a whole lot you can do at this point."

Unfortunately, the Vanderbilt University administrator had already checked in and for his trip that would eventually take him to Prague, Czechoslovakia.

"I am thinking I am probably going to be back at home (tonight) and pay a fortune to get to Prague tomorrow," he added.

One of those waiting in the United Airlines line was Kyle Todd who was trying to get to Texas through Chicago.

"It looks like I am going here or at an airport somewhere," he said while considering an alternative. "Rather than spend the day in Chicago, I might stay here and spend another day with my kids."

Similar stories were heard from the estimated several thousand passengers affected by the dozens of flights canceled in and out of Nashville's airport.

And as of Friday morning, every flight from Nashville to La Guardia in New York that was scheduled to take off before 10:30 a.m. had been cancelled.

Not everybody, though, was facing those delays or cancellations on Nashville's departure boards.

"Until that board shows something else, I am okay," said Brooks Whitson of Cookeville who was headed to India with his first stop in Washington.

Travelers flying out of Nashville are urged to check their flight status before getting to the airport by visiting FlyNashville.com.

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