Travel Northeast Braces For Another Round of Winter Storm Cancellations
Airlines Owe Passengers $413 Million in 2017
Only a small minority of eligible travelers will file a claim.According to air passenger rights organization, AirHelp, the hundreds of thousands of U.S. passengers impacted by cancellations and delays lasting three hours or more are entitled to claim more than $413 million in compensation.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the northeastis dealing with the winter storm effects from a nor’easter, which has caused flight delays and cancellations.
According toas of 9:30 a.m. ET, more than 1,450 flights were canceled across the United States Tuesday, including more than 800 departing and arriving flights at Boston’s Logan International Airport.
Other airports dealing with delays and cancellations from the winter storm includeInternational, Baltimore–Washington International, Ronald Reagan Washington National, New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International and New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International.
How Cold Does It Have to Be to Keep a Plane From Flying?
With much of the country in the midst of a deep freeze, travelers may be wondering how cold it has to be for the severe weather to foil upcoming travel plans. But it isn't the cold that's a problem for most aircraft.After all, commercial airplanes can cruise at an altitude of nearly 40,000 feet, where temperatures hover around -70 degrees Fahrenheit. Jet fuel freezes at around -40 degrees Fahrenheit, but it will work just fine as long as it’s kept above that temperature on the ground.
The cancellations don’t stop Tuesday, either, as Flight Aware is reporting more than 130 additional flights have already been canceled for Wednesday. Airlines are asking customers traveling to or from impacted airports to reach out to their carriers before heading to the facilities in the coming days.
Carriers are waiving change fees and fare differences for impacted travelers that purchased tickets for travel on Tuesday or Wednesday, including major airlines such as, JetBlue, Delta, Southwest, and United.
In addition, Amtrak announced it willbetween Boston and New York City Tuesday for the remainder of the day, due to inclement weather. Service will be restored pending improved conditions.
This Is Exactly How Cold It Has to Be to Keep a Plane from Flying
With it being winter, airlines are dealing with a whole lot of angry, exhausted travelers due to flight delays and cancellations. But while snow, sleet, and icy conditions are definitely culprits, frigid single temps aren’t. (Check out these photos to see just how insane those delays can get.) In fact, severely cold weather doesn’t stand a chance for ruining your flight plans, considering commercial airplanes can fly at an altitude of about 40,000 feet, where temperatures come in around -70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The most recent cancellations comeafter more than 3,000 flights were impacted and Amtrak was forced to abandon routes due to a nor’easter that hit the east coast last Wednesday and Thursday.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the northeast started March with a massive snowstorm during the first weekend of the month that causedand left hundreds of thousands of people without power for days.
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