Ice storm cripples U.S. air travel


INTO EACH OTHER JUST OUTSIDE OF PHILLY. SPANNING SEVERAL MILES. 30 PEOPLE WERE INJURED. HERE’S THE BIG PICTURE. FORECASTERS SAY THIS VALENTINE’S DAY SYSTEM WILL DUMP SNOW ON PENNSYLVANIA TO NEW YORK TO NEW ENGLAND. BEFORE YOU MEET UP WITH YOUR SWEETHEART, REMEMBER THE SNOW MAY BE DELAYING THOSE DOZEN ROSES OR THE DOZEN KISSES OR HOWEVER YOU ARE GOING TO CELEBRATE. ROSA FLORES IS AT LA GUARDIA CELEBRATING THERE AT NEW YORK CITY WITH ALL THE OTHER FOLKS THAT HAVE BEEN DELAYED AND WAITING TO GET ON TO A FLIGHT. WHAT ARE THE TERMINALS LIKE?>>ON THAT NOTE, THERE WAS A CUPID NOT TOO LONG AGO HERE IN ONE OF THE TERMINALS. PEOPLE ARE KEEPING THEIR SPIRITS HIGH, BUT THEY ARE NOT FEELING THE LOVE ON THIS VALENTINE’S DAY. THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS CANCELED WAS JUST UP TO 1400 AND THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS THAT HAVE BEEN DELAYED UP TO — LET ME CHECK, 3500 AT THIS HOUR. THE DELAYS HERE AT LA GUARDIA AIRPORT ARE AT AN HOUR. THAT’S DOWN FROM AN HOUR AND 35 MINUTES JUST AN HOUR AGO. LET’S LOOK AT THE MISERY MAP. THERE IS A LOT OF MISERY AROUND THE UNITED STATES TODAY WHEN IT COMES TO FLYING. TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT THE TOP OF THE LIST AT CHARLOTTE INTERNATIONAL IN NORTH CAROLINA FOLLOWED BY CHICAGO O’HARE AND THEN YOU HAVE NEWARK AND DENVER. IF YOU ASK ME, MOTHER NATURE IS SINGLE THIS VALENTINE’S AND SHE IS PROBABLY, I DON’T KNOW, FEELING HER BOYFRIEND IS AT ONE OF THE AIRPORTS AND WANTS HIM TO BE MISERABLE.>>WE HAVE TO FIND LOVE SOMEWHERE WITH ALL OF THIS. THERE SHOULDN’T BE TOO MUCH CONCERN ABOUT THE FLOWERS. APPARENTLY MOST OF THE FLOWERS ARE DELIVERED THROUGH MIAMI. THAT’S GOOD NEWS FOR FOLKS WHO ARE BRINGING IN BOUQUETS THROUGH THAT. ON THAT NOTE OF BUSINESS, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE COST OF THESE STORMS ON BUSINESS. IT’S DEFINITELY STILL MAKING AN IMPACT ON THIS FRIDAY.>>YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. LET’S TALK ABOUT PASSENGERS. YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE STUCK AT THE AIRPORT, THAT MEANS YOU ARE ALSO BUYING MORE FOOD. IF YOU ARE CANCELED, YOU ARE PROBABLY SPENDING MONEY ON HOTEL AND THE PRODUCERS HERE DID THE MATH FOR US. THEY TALLIED UP LIKE YOU MENTIONED. 8400 CANCELLATIONS BETWEEN THE LAST TWO DAYS. IF YOU ADD UP THE LAST MONTH, 75,000 CANCELLATIONS. HEAR THIS FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF $3 BILLION JUST FOR THE CONSUMER. THIS IS AN EXTRA SPENDING FOR HOTELS AND MEALS.

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