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Be Prepared ... For Flight Cancellations

Troop 1014 stranded at Reagan Airport for 24 hours



    Boy Scouts stranded at Reagan National Airport for 24 hours (Published Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010)

    Their motto is "Be prepared," but this is something they weren't expecting.

    About two dozen Boy Scouts from suburban Chicago still aren't home after spending two days stranded at Reagan National Airport.

    Troop 1014 was in D.C. for the National Jamboree. They were all set to go home when Mother Nature threw them for a loop. Their flight home was cancelled because of bad weather Wednesday, and they were such a large group that they had trouble re-booking.

    The result -- a day spent roughing it at Reagan National Airport.

    "We're used to camping in tents, not in airports on [the ground]," said Matt Blondin, one of the stranded Scouts. "We're just stuck here with this."

    The scouts spent their time playing cards, telling stories and making jokes. It looked like they were making progress Thursday, when a group of them caught a new flight -- to St. Louis this time. But the plane left D.C. about 45 minutes late, and those scouts missed their connection to Chicago. Now they're supposed to arrive home around 10:30 p.m.

    They're the lucky ones. A second group of scouts is still waiting at Reagan National Airport, waiting for our latest round of bad weather to pass. In the best-case scenario, those scouts could arrive home around midnight

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