Snowstorm Leaves Travelers Stuck In Duluth and Minneapolis Airport

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: April 16, 2018 09:09 AM

DULUTH - The snowstorm took a toll on traveling plans for folks. A lot of flights were canceled or delayed due to the dangerous weather conditions and some people even had to spend the night at the airport.

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Jessica Malone, a Duluth visitor from Alaska, had her flight heading to Chicago delayed at Duluth International Airport.

"I think it's funny because right now its sunny and 50 degrees in Alaska and I came back to Duluth hoping for some nice weather and got hit by a terrible snowstorm, it's kind of inconvenient," Malone said.

Irvin Mossberger, a stranded traveler, was at Duluth Airport for several hours while his flight kept getting delayed.

“After about five and six delays, it starts getting a little tiring and wondering how you can put together your trip,” Mossberger said.

Jon Zeipen, a stranded traveler, was at Minneapolis International Airport with his wife Jan on Saturday.

"We were supposed to fly out yesterday afternoon and that flight was cancelled out of Minneapolis. They booked us for a flight at 6 a.m. this morning and we got a text last night saying that was cancelled," Zeipen said.

Refusing to give up, Jon and Jan went on a scary drive in the blizzard from Minneapolis airport to Duluth airport, hoping to catch their flight to Budapest.

"We're just hoping and praying that we can get out this afternoon later and embark on this cruise because it's really been something we've been thinking about for a long time," Zeipen said.

A couple of flights from the Twin Cities diverted to Duluth’s airport. Garret Lethco, a stranded traveler, had that experience.

“We were trying to fly into Minneapolis from Rapid City and ended up in the holding pattern for about 40 minutes before they told us that we couldn't land there, so they sent us to Duluth,” Lethco said.

Scary road conditions left Lethco stranded at the Duluth airport.

“They gave us some food and pizza and we decided we were going to sleep at the airport so they brought us cots and gave us a place to sleep,” Lethco said.

Safety comes first and airports are making sure their customers feel at home while they wait for the storm to pass.



Alejandra Palacios

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