Northeast Blizzard Strands Travelers in Michigan

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

At airports across the northeast, thousands of cold, tired, hungry passengers have been stranded due to severe winter weather. They've gotten 29 inches in parts of northern New Jersey. That's where the Kearns are from. They're here in Michigan visiting WILX Sports Director Tim Staudt and his family for the holidays.

"Got out here Thursday afternoon and supposed to be on a flight at 9:30 this morning back to Newark," Kevin Kearn said.

Well that clearly didn't happen. Kevin Kearn says Continental Airlines put them on a flight Thursday morning instead -- a huge inconvenience for his wife and kids.

"The vacation days she loses and the kids kind of being out of their routine for another four days," said Kearn.

"We go back to school on Monday. I've got a bit of work to do too," said Kylie Kearn.

Travelers flying between Lansing and Detroit haven't been affected by the East Coast storms, unless that is, you're headed East by way of Detroit, in which case airport executives say you should work with your airline to make sure you don't end up with an extended layover.

"I know we didn't put a lot of people on if any to go to Detroit and then be stranded in Detroit for the rest of the day," said Capital Region International Airport Deputy Executive Director Mike Daigle.

That's where the Kearns are departing from. They're anxious to get home but quick to count their blessings.

"We're with family," Kevin Kearn said, "and this is a very comfortable house to be marooned in."

"It's nice to be with family, have an extended vacation," said Kylie Kearn.

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