Western Pennsylvania nurse stranded for more than 24 hours amid weekend flight delays, cancellations

Travelers at airports nationwide have been dealing with delays and cancellations over the last few days.A Western Pennsylvania ER nurse, who just returned from a trip abroad, said her trip home from Italy lasted about 60 hours.” into the States,” Luray Hixson said. “There were hundreds of people at this airport stranded.”She took to TikTok on Thursday to share the traveling chaos she was experiencing.“I have been traveling for 36 hours back from Italy to get back home to Pittsburgh,” Hixson said in the TikTok video.That same day, weather-delayed or canceled thousands of flights nationwide, rolling over more back up into the weekend.”The flight itself was changed nine times with the gates. There were other Pittsburghers around who were following. We were moved from terminal to terminal, which these terminals were nowhere near each other/ We had to take shuttles to get to these other places to get your flight,” Hixson said.After her longest delay, 12 hours, Hixson said her Delta flight was canceled.”After waiting for four hours with no one to ask questions to, they had told me the bag was there. It had left on a flight to Pittsburgh, and I was still stuck at JFK,” Hixson said.Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reached out to Delta for comment on the reasoning behind so many canceled flights.”A variety of factors continue to impact our , including challenges with air traffic control, weather and unscheduled absences in some work groups. Canceling a flight is always our last resort, and we sincerely apologize to our customers for the inconvenience to their travel plans,” Delta Corporation Communications said in a statement.Fortunately, Hixson’s mother was able to drive 6 hours to bring her home from JFK, but Hixson said future travel plans might be put on hold.”I think it’s going to take a long time for me to ever to decide to fly again, just because it seems like this is becoming the norm of so many canceled flights and delays, Hixson said.Many airlines have announced plans to try to ease the travel frustrations as we get closer to the July Fourth holiday.Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has said he will see how the next holiday rush goes, but his department could take enforcement action against airlines that don’t provide proper customer service.

Travelers at airports nationwide have been dealing with delays and cancellations over the last few days.

A Western Pennsylvania ER nurse, who just returned from a trip abroad, said her trip home from Italy lasted about 60 hours.

“There were no delays until I got into the States,” Luray Hixson said. “There were hundreds of people in this airport stranded.”

She took to TikTok on Thursday to share the traveling chaos she was experiencing.

“I have been traveling for 36 hours back from Italy to get back home to Pittsburgh,” Hixson said in the TikTok video.

That same day, weather-delayed or canceled thousands of flights nationwide, rolling over more back up into the weekend.

“The flight itself was changed nine times with the gates. There were other Pittsburghers around who were following. We were moved from terminal to terminal, which these terminals were nowhere near each other/ We had to take shuttles to get to these other places to get your flight,” Hixson said.

After her longest delay, 12 hours, Hixson said her Delta flight was canceled.

“After waiting for four hours with no one to ask questions to, they had told me the bag was there. It had left on a flight to Pittsburgh, and I was still stuck at JFK,” Hixson said.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reached out to Delta for comment on the reasoning behind so many canceled flights.

“A variety of factors continue to impact our operations, including challenges with air traffic control, weather and unscheduled absences in some work groups. Canceling a flight is always our last resort, and we sincerely apologize to our customers for the inconvenience to their travel plans,” Delta Corporation Communications said in a statement.

Fortunately, Hixson’s mother was able to drive 6 hours to bring her home from JFK, but Hixson said future travel plans might be put on hold.

“I think it’s going to take a long time for me to ever to decide to fly again, just because it seems like this is becoming the norm of so many canceled flights and delays,” Hixson said.

Many airlines have announced plans to try to ease the travel frustrations as we get closer to the July Fourth holiday.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has reportedly said he will see how the next holiday rush goes, but his department could take enforcement action against airlines that don’t provide proper customer service.

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