Travelers Attempt to Complete Trips With Varying Success - NBC4 Washington

Travelers Attempt to Complete Trips With Varying Success



    Airlines Make Headway in Backlog of Stranded Passengers

    Airlines report progress in clearing the backlog of stranded passengers. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010)

    Ticket agents are still trying to help passengers whose flights were canceled because of the Northeast blizzard.

    A 7 a.m. flight from West Palm Beach, Fla., arrived at Ronald Reagan National Airport on time Tuesday, but passengers booked on other flights from the same location were not as lucky. A 7 a.m. flight was three hours late, and a 2 p.m. flight was canceled.

    More flights are taking off and landing on time, but service to New York's LaGuardia and JFK is still spotty with some cancellations.

    At Dulles International Airport, two members of the James Madison University marching band are trying to make arrangements on their own to join hundreds of other band members in London, where they are supposed to march in the New Year's Parade. Band members were stranded in the D.C. area and New York Monday. Some band members have been able to make other travel plans.

    Tony Lambrakis and his family are trying to get to Florida for a Caribbean cruise that leaves Friday. He is concerned that if they don’t get a flight soon, their ship will sail without them.

    Once travelers do reach their destination, many run in to another problem: Trying to reclaim their luggage.

    Travel problems continued on the rails Tuesday, too. Amtrak canceled four trains that run from New York to the District. Passengers were rerouted to other cities. Others decided to wait it out for their next best chance to make it home.

    Some trains that left D.C. heading north this morning ran more than an hour behind.

    Amtrak said it will resume normal service between Boston, New York and D.C. on Wednesday.

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