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Widespread cancellations by Southwest Airways disrupted vacation plans throughout the nation, stranding passengers and inflicting chaos at some airports.

The airline cited excessive climate throughout many elements of the nation as the explanation, including in an announcement “our heartfelt apologies for this are simply starting… We acknowledge falling brief and sincerely apologize.”

Southwest didn’t disclose what number of flights had been reduce. However many media and aviation retailers mentioned about two-thirds of the fights had been canceled. The web site Flightware put the quantity at greater than 2,800.

Pissed off fliers, together with these at LAX, reported hours-long strains, misplaced baggage and unstaffed flights after most Southwest routes had been canceled or delayed — with some informed to not count on a flight dwelling for days.

These on interstate flights scrambled for rental automobiles, opting to make lengthy drives as an alternative of ready it out on the airport.

What was presupposed to be an hour-and-a-half flight from Sacramento to Los Angeles on Monday for Matt Grippi was a six-hour drive. He was dashing to make a world flight scheduled for Tuesday and didn’t belief Southwest to get him to LAX in time.

His solely choices had been layovers so long as 26 hours costings hundreds of {dollars}, he mentioned.

“Each single doable flight that I might’ve taken at this time to get dwelling was canceled,” Grippi mentioned. “Communication from Southwest has been horrendous. Unsure I can ever belief them once more.”

In an announcement on Monday, Southwest Airways pointed to “excessive winter climate” throughout the nation and known as the disruptions “unacceptable.”

The corporate mentioned it was working to re-position flight crews to be able to “return to regular reliability,” however signaled that flights might proceed to see modifications via the New Yr’s vacation.

“On the opposite facet of this, we’ll work to make issues proper for these we’ve let down, together with our workers,” the corporate mentioned.

Mike Bolen mentioned in a tweet that his flight at Oakland Worldwide Airport was canceled due to a scarcity of a crew and known as the state of affairs a “whole collapse.”

“I fly lots and by no means seen something like this. Each flight is cancelled/’delayed,’” he mentioned.

Twitter person Maria Wiles mentioned she waited eight hours at San Francisco Worldwide Airport solely to search out out that her flight was canceled, after arriving there at 5:30 a.m on Monday.

Maya Polon was one of many few Southwest prospects to make it out of the Hollywood Burbank Airport on Monday after her unique flight on Sunday was canceled twice. She spent three hours on the airport attempting to get a brand new flight after the Southwest web site and app failed.

“The one approach to get rebooked was to go to the airport and converse to a human,” Polon, 28, mentioned.

In the meantime, her mom, Emily Payne, was on maintain with Southwest for 4 hours, attempting to assist her. Polon efficiently received a flight again to Sacramento by 2 p.m., however a few of her fellow hopeful passengers had been informed they’d not get a flight dwelling till a minimum of Wednesday, she mentioned. Polon mentioned on the scene folks had been offended, and police received concerned in an altercation between one passenger and Southwest employees.



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