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Winter Storm Could Strand Air Passengers for Days

LAS VEGAS -- The wrath of the northeast's winter storm is being felt across the country including in Las Vegas. Weather canceled numerous flights to and from the East Coast, leaving Las Vegas travelers stranded.

"We were going to fly out at 8 this morning and get into Newark. We got here, got delayed, then they ended up canceling us. Everything's booked until Thursday, so we can't get out until Thursday night, so we don't get home until midnight," said Alyssa Esposito, stranded traveler.

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The Esposito family lives in Newark, New Jersey. Although they are used to winter weather, this storm took them by surprise.

"We didn't think it would be this bad," Esposito said.

Other passengers echoed that sentiment.

"Nothing to do, we weren't allowed up," said traveler Nancy Green. "We had to stay buckled and in our seats. No service, flight attendants weren't allowed out of their seats, but we're here and glad to be off the plane.

"They were supposed to leave at 3:55 p.m., and it was delayed until 5 p.m.," said traveler Mark Hartman. "Then, we got another notification that it was going to leave at 5:15 p.m."

"My flight was the middle flight, so the two before me were only an hour delayed," said traveler Mary Johnson. "The one right after me, which was like 20 minutes, was on time. Mine was three and a half hours late."

While the bad winter weather spoiled plans for many travelers, others experienced little to no problems.

"The only delay we had was waiting on a flight from Washington," said traveler Linda Slee. "That was probably a thirty minute delay, if that."

Some made the best of a bad situation.

Ash Haggins is visiting the United States. He was supposed to catch a flight from Los Angeles to New York, but the airports there shut down. So, he decided to divert to Las Vegas.

"There were no flights until Wednesday out of L.A., so I thought what the heck? Come over here," he said. "It's a little inconvenient for us, but… you know what? We'll just make the most of it. You know we're only here for a short time from Australia, so make the most of it. Come to Vegas, and we'll get to New York tomorrow night."

"We couldn't really get anything from the airlines, because it was an act-of-God weather situation. We booked a room at the Luxor, and I think we'll have a good time," said Jay Gordon, who flew to Las Vegas last week to celebrate his birthday on Christmas day.

Thanks to his Continental flight's cancellation, he's getting an extended vacation.

"It was absolutely no problem getting out here. Apparently, going home was a bit of an issue. But, it's not the worst place to be stuck. Granted, we can't get home until Thursday, but I think I can last," he said.

While the weather delays caused headaches for passengers all over the country, the weather is now clearing up and flights are resuming. Regardless, it could mean an extra few days passengers weren't expecting.

"I'm just nervous about getting back for New Year's Eve to be with my friends, but hopefully, we'll be back, Esposito said.

Some airlines offered vouchers to stranded passengers. Some passengers who don't want to wait chose to rent cars and drive to their destinations instead. One couple plans to drive all the way to New Jersey.


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