WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Airports across the country were slowly getting back on track Monday after winter weather forced a number of flight cancelations this weekend.
At T.F. Green Airport on Monday, some cancelations and delays lingered.
“Snow affected my flight. It got canceled. I was supposed to fly out at 6:30 yesterday and now I’m flying out at 12:30 today,” Brian Robichaud, who was traveling to Arkansas, told Eyewitness News.
Many of the affected flights were to or from hard-hit cities like Washington, D.C., New York City, or Newark, New Jersey.
Some travelers said they were frustrated, but others took the delays in stride.
“I feel like I was taken care of. I got my flight back. I’m going to make it. I’ll be a little late, but it is what it is,” Robichaud said. “You can’t control the weather.”
Nelson Warner had his flight grounded too, but he said he had a hunch it would be canceled – so he changed his flight beforehand.
“It’s a shame. I feel bad for the people that cost their vacations and lost the times, and sometimes you just can’t catch up,” he said.
Rob Henderson, a pilot for a major commercial airliner, said some flights have to be canceled for safety reasons.
“It’s mostly the snow and the ice causes some issues, [and] taking all the ice and snow off the airplane. That takes a lot of time,” he said. “Also, the runways become very slippery.”
A spokesperson for Washington Dulles International Airport said because the snow affected so many airports, it’s going to take a while for the air travel system to get back to normal.