High winds cause problems at McCarran Airport
The high winds in Las Vegas are causing problems at McCarran International Airport.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The high winds in Las Vegas are causing problems at McCarran International Airport.
Many travelers, who are just arriving, have quite the stories of some white-knuckle landings.
"They turned on the seatbelt sign and said we must stay seated," says Andrea Burgess, who's pregnant, and traveled from Virginia to visit her mom. "Then, the pilot said he had gotten multiple warnings about turbulence. It was really bad. The plane was rocking from side to side, and we kept experiencing drops, like that roller coaster kind of feeling."
For Burgess, it was too much to take. She got sick, all over herself, and the people sitting next to her.
"It was awful," she says. "It just suddenly snuck up on me. The people to my right were very nice about it, but the people to my left, not so much."
Now, she's just happy to be on solid ground. It was a horrible flight, that she, and those others won't soon forget.
"It was bumpy and rocky," describes David Page. "Just before we landed, the plane kind of tilted a little bit to the right. Everyone clapped once we were on the ground. We were happy the pilot got us in safe."
But it hasn't just been bad for those arriving in Las Vegas. Dozens of departures are delayed, and many flights are completely canceled because of the windy conditions.
"I just want to go home," says Susan Black.
Black - and her business partner, Julia Jones - were in Las Vegas for a convention. Now they just want to get back to Phoenix. But their flight is canceled, and their nerves are fried.
"We were thinking of renting a car to try and drive home, but I just heard that some roads and bridges on the way might be closed because of the high winds," Jones says. "I'm not quite sure what we're going to do yet."
Kim Bowen is in the same predicament, but he has a little bit farther to go. His flight home to Australia was grounded.
"We're trying to book a last-minute motel for tonight," Bowen says. "Then we come back in the morning to try again to get out of here."
Another night in Las Vegas, is an extra expense Bowen says he didn't need.
"We've already spent so much money here," he says. "Or, I should say, we lost all our money here. This wind is really hurting us."
McCarran officials suggest checking with airlines, before heading to the airport.