Denver Worldwide Airport vacationers change journey plans


Many passengers who had flights canceled say they nonetheless haven’t been capable of retrieve their baggage.

DENVER — When Grace Ling was making her journey journey again to her residence of San Jose, California, she needed to first join via Denver, which was within the midst of putting up with record-setting chilly temperatures with snow. 

On Thursday night time, she boarded her flight in Denver near 9 p.m.

“I awakened from my nap, I regarded out the window and I noticed snow exterior. I believed I used to be waking up from a nightmare as a result of I believed we had been landed. We’re truly nonetheless in Colorado,” she mentioned, laughing as she recalled the story. 

She and her household spent the night time at Denver Worldwide Airport, and eventually had been capable of get on a flight Friday afternoon. 

In Ling’s case, she mentioned the crew introduced that there have been points with getting baggage onto the aircraft itself. 

“It stored getting delayed most likely like eight instances till 2:36 a.m.,” she recalled. 

However her story is just not distinctive this week, as 1000’s of passengers discovered themselves navigating lots of of flight delays, cancellations and monitoring their baggage.

From cancellations and delays, to monitoring baggage

“This could be his first Christmas,” mentioned Jenny Donaldson of Broomfield, as she held a photograph of her 3-month-old grandson, Grayson. “And his first Christmas – he gained’t bear in mind it however we’ll.”

Sadly, Donaldson’s flight to Seattle to see him was canceled, and he or she says she couldn’t rebook one other flight till Dec. 27. 

The journey was already for just some days, so that they needed to cancel. 

“You already know we attempt to be optimistic and upbeat and…I take into consideration that and I take into consideration lacking holding my grandson and it actually does get me,” an emotional Donaldson mentioned. 

Late Saturday, she and her husband had been now on the mission to trace their baggage, which they nonetheless did not have. 

They simply joined a protracted line that maneuvered out and in of bags carousels resulting in the Southwest workplace, which passengers wanted to strategy to file lacking bag stories. 

Like many, Donaldson mentioned they’d waited hours in that line. 

“We’ve had a wholesome 12 months and we’ve been very blessed, it’s simply been so disheartening to see an organization not ready and what seems like callousness to react to the state of affairs,” Donaldson mentioned.

Standing in line was Steamboat Springs resident Ryan Bethel, who had been there for 3 hours attempting to trace his baggage that ought to have met him in San Diego, the place he was planning to go to his household. 

“They’ve been conserving in touch the entire day and it’s type of worrying them,” he mentioned. “I’m hoping I’m getting out of this line in any other case I’m going with out the bag regardless.”

Within the case of Southwest Airways, a spokesperson mentioned in an announcement partially on Friday, that greater than half of the airports the place they function within the continental U.S. fell beneath duress from the storm, and “Southwest has been uniquely effected given our dimension and construction.”

“Because it stays a really dynamic state of affairs, we don’t have particular numbers to share on flight disruptions, however the storms have pressured lots of of cancellations all through our community,” a spokesperson wrote Friday. “We recognize our Clients’ persistence and apologize for inconveniences as we work to get them to their locations as rapidly and safely as attainable this vacation.”

Southwest Airways couldn’t affirm the precise explanation for the bag delays, aside from the winter storm had a big affect on their total operations.

Nonetheless, the airline did say that they put “emergency work procedures” in place, which amongst different issues, requires a health care provider’s notice when an worker returns to work in the event that they name in sick.

“…in order that we are able to guarantee Reliability for our Clients by having the mandatory quantity of obtainable, working workers,” a spokesperson mentioned Saturday.

DIA mentioned airways rent their very own ramp employees. 

In an announcement, a spokesperson for United mentioned, “Resulting from extreme climate in Denver, together with a few of the coldest temperatures recorded on the airport in 30 years, our operation skilled disruptions that sadly impacted a few of our prospects. We apologize to our prospects for the inconvenience and are working to get them their baggage and to their locations with security as our highest precedence.”

That spokesperson added that quite a lot of elements went into play for the delays together with ramp employees having to take warming breaks in such excessive temperatures, the impacts of extreme climate in different areas and tools points in such climate. 

DIA is anticipating issues to get higher because the weekend continues, and as passenger visitors dips on Christmas Day. 

Within the meantime, Ling could not have gotten the arrival time she wished, however she nonetheless had her optimism concerning the state of affairs. 

 “I like to only attempt to see the intense aspect of each state of affairs,” she mentioned. “I assume my message is it is going to be over quickly – it isn’t there without end.”

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