Travel nightmare affects thousands of New Englanders

More than 6,000 flights have been cancelled

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WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – Thousands of travelers are bracing for the worst as snow continues to fall across the East Coast.

Monica Hirsch and her two toddlers had plans to fly from Bradley International Airport in Connecticut to Atlanta, but they don’t seem to be going anywhere fast. “I was expecting a little bit of a delay but not this much. It’s hard traveling with the toddlers so I’m home just hoping we get out soon,” she said.

More than 6,000 flights have been cancelled across the U.S., according to flight tracking service FlightAware.

Airlines have essentially shut down all flights in Philadelphia, Washington, and New York.

Beth Negash of Florida told 22News she’s had to book a different flight to a different city, which also means she won’t’ be getting her money back. “It was supposed to be from JFK. I flew in on Thursday, I was supposed to fly out this afternoon back to Fort Lauderdale, from JFK. They actually cancelled and rebooked it to Monday evening, I couldn’t wait until Monday, I had to go back home,” she said.

Most airlines encouraged passengers to rebook rather than wait out a delay or cancelation at the airport, but many people still decided to take their chances.

Pablo Cruz of Florida told 22News he was anticipating the worst, but was pleasantly surprised once he arrived to the airport. “We got here a little bit earlier as you can see, just to try and beat out the storm. We’re thankful our flights on time, we’ve been calling almost every hour just to make sure it’s going to stay on time,” he said.

Buses and trains were also part of the travel nightmare.

Peter Pan Bus Lines in Springfield canceled all southbound trips on Saturday, and Amtrak modified several of their routes along the East Coast including between D.C. and Boston, and Pennsylvania and New York.

Airlines, buses, and trains are hoping they’ll be able to resume their normal schedules by Monday.

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