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Who wants to talk about travel politics on a Monday? And not just travel politics, but sequestration? And not just sequestration, but really insidery legislative fixes to how budget shortfalls are being implemented? We're excited too. Thank you, U.S. Congress for choosing the end of last week to send a measure to the White House about how the FAA can move money around to avoid furloughs. Awesome timing.
A quick recap of how we got here: Sequestration happened, and then the White House tried to demonstrate that it was disastrous by emphasizing popular stuff that was getting closed down. They started with White House tours, but that backfird spectacularly. Then they tried to highlight TSA delays, but those claims turned out to be not really credible. Then they moved on to talking about the FAAair traffic disasters, because FAA workers would have to go on furloughs, because sequestration!
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Passengers crowd a gate desk with questions about connecting flights during a sequester-imposed delay
$85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts is bound to cause more than a few frowny faces, but though the furlough of federal workers began gradually in March, it's just these last couple weeks that've seen the cuts slash more than just the government workforce. With an estimated 10% of the US' air traffic controllers furloughed each day, airports can't handle the volume of flights they're used to and, thus, the flight delays and cancellations have begun.
We were stuck in one ourselves, luckily only a two-hour delay of a Delta mainline flight between two of the busiest airports in the countryAtlanta Hartsfield-Jackson and Newark-Liberty. It's not the airline's fault in the least; the weather was excellent, the plane was at the gate ready to fly, and yet passengers sat in confusion as the delay was announced as "due to the federal sequester."
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A photo from the Boston Marathon scene earlier this week
As a manhunt takes place for those responsible in the bombings of the Boston Marathon of earlier this week, the entire city of Boston is on lock-down (subway "T" service and the Amtrak between NY and Boston is suspended), airlines continue to help out travelers trying to travel to and from the city.
Boston-Logan International Airport is still open and flights are operating as normally as possible, though travelers can expect very high security within the terminals.
Current waivers, which allow customers to switch their flights and travel days at no extra charge, are available for most of the US carriers, plus some international ones. Here's the list, complete with links for more details:
Fact: singer Josh Groban is very popular.
Fact: singer Josh Groban is so popular that his legions of devoted fans are called "Grobanites."
Fact: signer Josh Groban's Grobanites can collectively harness their enthusiasm to make magic happen, like getting a plane cleared for take off in dangerously snowy weather.
Thus: You want to have Josh Groban on your flight if you're trying to get out of New York on a winter day.
So here's what happened. Apparently Groban was all snuggled up in First Class of a Virgin America flight to LA when that blizzard hit the Big Apple. Also onboard? Kesha (and her cat), this dog named "Conan," and comedian Ahm. We'll leave you to guess who of those we followed on Twitter to find about this whole thing.
Anyway. The Virgin America flight was delayed with the weather, and Groban took to tweeting to his fanbase to pass the minutes:
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If you were planning on flying to London yesterday, you're probably scrambling to figure out how to make that happen today as the Nor'easter storm blizzard struck New York City and closed the area airports for nearly 24 hours.
We were one of the lucky onesone of those flights not marked with an angry orange "cancelled" on the departure board. And now here we sit in the 72-degree beauty of Hong Kong after Cathay Pacific flight 831 not only left JFK on time, but even managed to soar for 16 hours without turbulence.
The airports of the East Coast are returning to normal as airplanes return and salt trucks and plows work overtime, so here's hoping no one has to see a board with flight statuses like this again anytime soon.
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Good God in heaven. It's getting worse. 2,792 cancellation this morning have become 4,500 flights canceled since Thursday, with numbers still "likely to grow." As we told you this morning, the New York airports are pretty much shut down, and have now reached more than 1,800 total flights canceled today and another 640 shut down for tomorrow. In Boston Nemo is scoring a perfect 10/10 on the Weather Channel's Winter Impact Index. If you were thinking of traveling to New England in the near future, make other plans.
Also be ready to make other plans if you're traveling to any airports with airlines that have New England hubs. It's not just people trying to get to and from the East Coast any more. It's anyone who was going to pass through, or anyone who needed a plane that's currently there. Houston's already had 100 preemptive cancellations and Miami's up to 90. A "ripple effect," is how we believe the airline industry refers to it. Flightaware's cancellation page is where you want to go to see if you've been personally screwed by Nemo, or whether it's just everyone else in the country.
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Nemo's in town! No, we don't mean the clownfish from the cutesy Disney animated movie, but rather the Nor'easter storm hitting the East Coast this morning, given the name "Nemo" by The Weather Channel. Airlines have already canceled thousands of flights (2,792 according to a 9:30am update by FlightAware) and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey have already announced that they're not taking it laying down; JFK Airport in particular has 900 tons of salt, 200 tons of sand, plenty of liquid de-icers, trucks, plows, blowers, and staff ready to beat Nemo's butt.
There's all of this focus on New York City and travelers stuck in the Big Apple's airports, which is understandable considering it's the city at the center of the world with major international flight connections, but let's not forget the scores of tired and cranky folks delayed at other airports around the country, trying to make it to and not away from the East Coast as a whole.
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We have good news and bad news. The bad news first: airport operations are limited at all airports in the immediate NYC area, including the big three (JFK, LGA and EWR), but also Stewart and Teterboro. The good news: the airports are OPEN. YEEEHAWWW. Let's take a moment to recognize what airlines and flights got their sh*t together fastest and were first ones in, in a step towards resuming normal operations:
LaGuardia Airport: The last of the three major airports to reopen, LGA sustained the most overall flooding and resulting damage. Limited services began this morning, November 1, with a Delta flight from Syracuse. Even NY Governor Cuomo announced the arrival on his official Twitter, complete with the above Instagram.
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Photo source: shared by Jaunted tipster
Doubtless by now, you've seen every photo of major flooding in New York City that've gone from Instagram to Twitter, to the TV news networks. But we have another.
Above is a new photo of LaGuardia Airport, submitted by a Jaunted tipster. Taken by Blackberry this morning, the photo shows water levels nearly breaching the jetbridges of Terminal C (which used to be all US Airways and is now mostly Delta). There is flooding in the baggage rooms and other first-level areas. Though the water has receded, we're not sure how far; regardless the airports are going to have much larger problems than just worrying about how their employees will get to work without public transportation, some bridges and tunnels.
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Commercial airplanes may have escaped damage from Hurricane Sandy by canceling flights early enough on Sunday and Monday to get themselves off the east coast tarmacs to safer (and mostly warmer) climes, but one bird that's no longer able to fly sat scarily exposed on the deck of the Intrepid Museum aircraft carrier, floating in the Hudson River at Manhattan's west side docks.
She's the NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise, and though Sandy seems to have spared her dock-neighbor, the British Airways Concorde G-BOAD, the spacecraft didn't fare so nicely.
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Now that Hurricane Sandy is upon the East Coast and canceling flights in droves, we're dedicating today to using all our travel know-how (and some on-the-fly advice, as half the Jaunted team is stuck at airports as well) to help you ride out the storm despite delayed travel. Stay tuned and stay safe!
Now, a first-person account from one of our writers who's stuck in the rebooking mess:
When I heard that United was offering free schedule changes for proactive travelers willing to postpone their flights a few days due to Hurricane Sandy, it was an absolute no-brainer. For one, I'm currently in sunny Santa Barbara where the weather has been beautiful, so if I'm stuck, so be it. Why the hell would I want to go east when the storm's a-coming? You know what I mean?
Perhaps more relevant to my decision was the fact that there would no doubt be cancellations all across the board Monday and Tuesday. My first piece of advice to people, especially those who aren't thrilled about airline travel to begin with, is to take initiative when it comes to your itinerary.
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LaGuardia Airport (LGA) mid-day today:
LaGuardia airport runways are being flooded from flushing bay
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