It's one case where the early birds did not get the worm. Mother Nature knocked out several early morning flights Friday at Capital City Airport. Airport Authority Executive Director Robert F. Selig says he started getting calls warning of cancellations around six o'clock Thursday evening. "The airlines were saying all flights today were going to be canceled because of severe icing," he said.
In all it ended up not being so serious. The first five flights of the day were canceled, plus flights to Chicago, the city that got the worst of the storm. More than 400 flights to and from Chicago across the country had to be canceled as up to a foot of snow fell.
Airport workers say stranded travelers are handling the situation well. John Semon was supposed to stop in Chicago as he headed to Florida. Instead he is stranded in Lansing for at least a day. He says he is just thinking of Florida's warm weather as he holds out in the storm.
Capital Region Airport Authority Executive Director Robert F. Selig has some advice for anyone flying out anytime soon. He says travelers should call ahead to check for delays, arrive early, and if they aren't checking in baggage they should check in on line. Plus, they can check on flights out of Capital City Airport at www.flylansing.com.