Radar Shows Hundreds Of Planes Over Florida Evacuating Hurricane Irma

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 10, 2017

And personnel shortages at the airport - plus the thousands of bags now left without owners - have made it almost impossible for the airline to reunite passengers with their luggage until after Irma has passed, the airline says. While they have supplies to take care of stranded passengers, they are not created to be a shelter for large amounts of people.

"There is such mayhem at that airport and there are thousands of bags to sift through, there are just not enough people to sift through all the bags for the stranded passengers", said American spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello.

MIA is also warning passengers that they are experiencing a high volume of passengers, so you need to get there at least two hours early. "So it's a tough situation".

American Airlines said it added 16 flights from Miami to Dallas, New York and Philadelphia - a total of 3,600 seats.

Miami is one of American Airlines' 10 hubs.

By late Saturday, Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale - home to the 12th, 13th, 21st largest airports in the US, respectively - will be largely dormant as the extreme weather rolls in. Flights originating from Europe and South America that were scheduled to arrive Friday have also been canceled.

Delta Air Lines had seats on "very few flights" in South Florida but more at airports farther north including central Florida, said spokesman Anthony Black. The last commercial flight leaves Miami around 9:30 p.m. Friday, an Air Europa flight to Madrid. Several flights from Chicago, New York and Boston were already sold out at the time of this article's publication. Fatow's baggage was already checked in.

While carriers and airline analyst disputed the social media fare gouging complaints, airlines made adjustments to flights departing Florida ahead of the monster storm, USA Today reported on Thursday. The airport has been inundated with passengers trying to flee South Florida, and on Thursday night, it was the scene of a police-involved shooting. The airline's chief financial officer, Andrew Levy said Wednesday that Houston would only return to a full schedule as of September 8, 12 days after it started canceling flights. While he and his family had additional provisions at home, tourists who were trying to leave the state were left both stranded and without their bags, Arriola said.

Airlines and airports operate preparedness plans in 72, 48 and 24 hour markers, evacuating aircraft and personnel and preparing stations as part of a methodical checklist ahead of a storm's arrival, according to Ken Jenkins, principal crisis response strategist at NavAid Crisis Consulting Group. "I don't think that's fair", Slabaugh said.

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