Storms strand thousands of passengers at D/FW

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by SHON GABLES

WFAA

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 7 at 11:17 AM

D/FW AIRPORT -- D/FW International Airport experienced a series of thunderstorms overnight Wednesday into Thursday that caused 139 cancellations and left 3,044 travelers in terminals overnight. 

On Thursday morning, 18 flights were canceled with heavy rain continuing, so passengers were advised to check with their airlines and www.dfwairport.com for the latest flight information.

For stranded passengers, D/FW Airport provides blankets, pillows, cots, and toiletry kits to help their experience be as comfortable as possible. 

D/FW also activated its Irregular Concessions Operations Plan (IROPS), meaning that restaurants operated beyond regular hours to accommodate passengers in the terminals. Also during IROPS, security checkpoints remained open.

D/FW also had its COBUS in operation to assist airlines to ensure that no passengers were stuck on aircraft as planes waited for available gates, since they returned all at once to Terminals between storm systems moving through the area.

 

 

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