Dense fog at the Tri-Cities Airport is changing travel plans for hundreds of flyers.
PASCO, WA - Dense fog at the Tri-Cities Airport is changing travel plans for hundreds of flyers.
Cancellations and delays created a big headache for travelers who spent much of the day trying to take off.
Many people heard the bad news Friday that their flight was delayed or canceled and many travelers are still trying to find a way to their final destination.
Frustrated fliers were stuck when planes couldn't land or take off.
"With fog, the airport is just held as much hostage as the travelers are because there's nothing we can do about fog except to wait for it to lift like everyone else," said Buck Taft, Tri-Cities Airport Deputy Director.
The cancellations began Thursday night when the fog moved in. Travelers were told better luck tomorrow.
"Pushing back every 30 minutes and finally about 8:30 or so they finally said that they were canceling it and come back tomorrow morning," said Craig Newsom, traveler.
But Friday morning wasn't much better. People camped out while the airlines tried to find new routes for passengers.
"Frustrated, we've just been here for a long time, we have a dog, it's just been a really long day and now they're bussing us up to Spokane," said Kiersti Winters, traveler.
Winters was supposed to take off Thursday night at 6pm, but by this afternoon she was still waiting for a bus to take her to another airport.
The fog has forced airlines to cancel 14 flights out of the Tri-Cities so far, but travelers stayed optimistic as they hope to catch the next flight out of town.
"At least they're being proactive about it and coming up with a solution. It's kind of frustrating, but they can't control the weather," said Newsom.
"Doing the best we can for being at the airport all day," said Winters.
Airport officials said Allegiant Airlines canceled two flights scheduled to leave Friday night, one to Phoenix and the other to Las Vegas.
With forecasts calling for more intermittent fog over the weekend, travelers should watch out for more potential flight delays.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 2:36 AM EDT2014-03-11 06:36:47 GMT
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