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Disabled veteran honeymooner and new mom
with hungry baby are among Delta passengers
stranded at 'hellhole' Atlanta airport
for 24 HOURS after airline canceled their
flights: Chaos as 856 flights canceled
on Saturday and 5,997 delayed

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Posted By: Imright, 6/19/2022 6:43:18 AM

A disabled veteran on his honeymoon and new mother with a hungry baby and no formula were among passengers left stranded by canceled Delta flights Saturday. On Saturday, Delta canceled 219 flights, among the 2,709 called off nationwide, according to Flight Aware, leaving customers with the short-end of the stick as the airline also delayed 672 flights. Saturday saw a total of 856 flights canceled across the US, with 5,997 flights within, into or out of the US delayed, according to FlightAware. And there's already more misery lined-up for Sunday travelers.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: F15 Gork 6/19/2022 6:53:24 AM (No. 1190337)
Civil aviation is on life support....before too long airports may become homeless shelters or housing for illegals.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: varkdriver 6/19/2022 7:21:05 AM (No. 1190348)
I can tell all my fellow L-Dotters that I, your intrepid reporter, arrived back home on the East Coast around 10PM from the Denver area. DIA was under a double whammy of maintenance delays plus an unusually high density altitude due to 96F temps (about 10 above normal) at a mile high. Flights were actually removing some passengers and bags from flight Friday afternoon to enable some margin of safety for single-engine climb performance. Thankfully, the heat went away Friday night and Saturday was 'only' 85F. Saturday seemed to be much better, especially since I switched from United to Delta and connected thru Atlanta. Unlike this headline, the Atlanta airport did not seem any better or worse than normal. I normally wouldn't choose to travel on the weekend in the summer, but a business trip took the choice out of my hands!! I also like to take the first flight of the day; your odds of success seem much better, usually.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Strike3 6/19/2022 7:48:49 AM (No. 1190371)
Flying was miserable when I gave up the habit eighteen years ago. I can not imagine any place in the world being that interesting these days that I would fly there. If it's not reachable on wheels I don't go.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: skacmar 6/19/2022 9:06:26 AM (No. 1190439)
The cancelation of thousands of flights every weekend due to "weather" seems to be a Biden Era phenomenon. I don't recall delays and cancelations like this every week alway bled on weather when there are no weather issues.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: red1066 6/19/2022 9:06:40 AM (No. 1190440)
The airlines laid off thousands of pilots and other personnel and mothballed hundreds of aircraft during the Covid crap. Then to screw things up even more, as only a government agency can do, they required everyone working for an airline to be vaccinated. I've read that as many as 40% of airline pilots have refused the shot. So, rather than stop the requirement of needing the shot and get air travel back to normal, government continues to insist that pilots get the shots. Now, everyday hundreds and even thousands of flights are cancelled simply because of government screw ups running the show.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: MDConservative 6/19/2022 9:28:04 AM (No. 1190459)
The US needs to adopt penalty rules akin to those in the EU. Delay or cancel a flight and it costs the airlines money, lots of it. And that's what it will take to bring this under control. If each of 100 passengers on a flight received $500 for their last-minute cancellation by Delta, that's $50, flight. Multiply that by 219 cancelled flights and it grows to almost $11 million, and then calcuate similar penalties for unreasonable delays - that's serious money that demands corrective action by the airlines.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: OZZCAR 6/19/2022 9:49:43 AM (No. 1190470)
This is what transportation is like in third world countries. Passengers lucky enough to make it onto a flight will soon be sharing the cabin with chickens and pigs.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: chumley 6/19/2022 9:56:02 AM (No. 1190479)
I'm with #3. If I can't drive I dont go. Granted, a long trip could take days or even a week one way, but in that week I get to meet great local people, see the sights, try local food, and check into no-tell motels with the Mrs. I also get to take the guns of my choice. After arrival at my destination I am still mobile and can leave any time I want. Best of all, I didnt get a proctology exam from an overweight Moslem high school dropout who smells like failure, and I didnt voluntarily get into a modern day boxcar.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 6/19/2022 10:11:37 AM (No. 1190490)
Oh, give me a break. I have been "stranded" in Germany for a week when traveling military space available and there were no flights going where I needed with space. Suck it up, buttercup. Yes, it IS inconvenient. But you are in a temperature controlled space, with bathrooms and food. First world problems.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 6/19/2022 11:02:21 AM (No. 1190525)
#6 Might that penalty rule just cause ticket prices to go up or worse, risk safety? Airlines do an amazing job by safely flying millions anywhere in the world for a few hundred bucks almost on a whim. Getting the government involved will end that. The no formula problem is on the mother or Biden.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Illinois Mom 6/19/2022 11:13:01 AM (No. 1190535)
Paging the Transportation Secretary... This is another serious situation affecting hundreds of thousands of people on a daily basis and "Pothole" Pete Buttigieg is AWOL. He's so busy denouncing racist roads and bridges, and installing thousands of charging stations for impracticable cars no one wants. Maybe we should cut him some slack though. I mean he has those infant twins and needed that paternity leave, and, it IS Pride month and no one should be expected to work during THEIR month, and job is kinda haaaard so a little "me time" is important. The Dems are feeling out a Harris - Buttigieg ticket for 2024. Can you imagine? If that happens I'm stepping off.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: mc squared 6/19/2022 12:52:21 PM (No. 1190626)
#9; Flying military isn't what people with family and jobs to go to generally do.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Omen55 6/19/2022 2:53:36 PM (No. 1190713)
1)Unless it's really important don't fly. 2)I'm sure those craven hypocrites with private planes, who tell US not to fly, are fine.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Tanker76 6/19/2022 3:53:07 PM (No. 1190765)
Getting tired of people who have no common sense whining when things don't go perfectly. What moron packs essential items in a checked bag ? Especially with ongoing flight cancellation issues becoming the norm. Extra formula and a few extra diapers take up no room in a carry on, as does a hearing aid charger. Jeez, as my dad used to say, "Use your head for something besides a hat rack!" In life, hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Corndoggies 6/19/2022 6:03:00 PM (No. 1190855)
The “baby” is 11 months old. Surely she could find some soft foods to feed her.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: TXknitter 6/19/2022 10:29:46 PM (No. 1190996)
I think #1 tells the truth. I do know the longtime Southwest employees I know say they sure do not enjoy work. I think they will both retire early.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Faithfully 6/21/2022 12:41:48 AM (No. 1192070)
Stay home. Don't fly. As I understand it, airports are hiring not the best qualified air traffic controllers just meeting racial and gender quotas.
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