Superstorm Sandy Impacts Travelers
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ASHWAUBENON--Superstorm Sandy is causing major problems for thousands of people in Wisconsin. Flights to and from the east coast are cancelled jeopardizing connecting flights for many travelers at Austin Straubel Airport in Ashwaubenon.
Flightaware.com reports more than 13,000 cancelled flights across the country due to Superstorm Sandy.
"I was suppose to be home at 7:30 and maybe not even able to get home tonight at all doesn't make me happy," stranded traveler Todd Rosa said.
Rosa now has a new office. A restaurant at Austin Straubel Airport.
"I was out in Green Bay for business and found out today my connecting flight from Chicago to Pittsburgh was cancelled," Rosa said. "I tried to get back to Pittsburgh and there's a tentative flight out of Detroit to Pittsburgh gets me there about 11:00 or so."
Visions of Sandy slamming his home on the east coast plays on a TV nearby, but it's those red letters Rosa doesn't want to see when he gets to Detroit.
"Worse case scenario, I'll be staying at the Detroit Airport overnight," Rosa said.
Flightaware.com reports about 1300 flights were cancelled Sunday. More than 7600 were cancelled Monday, and close to 5,000 may not take off Tuesday.
"There haven't been any flights in and out of there all day," airport director Tom Miller said. "During the weekend the airlines contacted all the passengers that were scheduled to go to the east coast the early part of the week and made alternate arrangements."
Rosa waits optimistic his plane takes flight.
"I know they're cancelling a lot of these flights for precautionary measures, but hopefully this storm blows over soon enough and we can get back to our lives," Rosa said.
Even if you book a flight from Mitchell International in Milwaukee there's still a chance you'll be stuck. The airport director tells us hotels around the airport are booked with stranded passengers