Richard Piatt ReportingA lot of people are still planning to travel before the New Year's holiday. Our Richard Piatt visited the airport to see if the Christmas weekend troubles are still causing problems.
The bottom line at Salt Lake international is, there are no problems with flights today. But there are still people feeling the ripple effects of the traveler's nightmare that started with that Christmas storm in the midwest.
Tom Stammer is fresh off the plane from Cincinnati, Ohio. His first moments in Utah are spent not skiing, but searching the lost-and-unclaimed luggage pile. He knew problems might be brewing when he checked in.
Tom Stammer, Traveler From Cincinnati: “They even had the baggage handling broke down and we had to take it to another area to drop the bags off. I didn’t like that idea. (laugh)”
Cincinnati's airport was hit hard by that winter storm. Cancelled flights crippled its baggage handling operation right before Christmas. Even worse is the missing baggage situation in Eastern Airports, where US Air lost up to 10,000 pieces of luggage over the weekend.
Now, days later, both airports are still struggling. Some passengers are still stranded. But most planes are now taking off on a semi-regular basis--too late for some.
Nance Adams, Stranded Passenger, Cincinnati: “I just really wish they would have been honest and said, ‘No, the planes aren’t here and they’re not gonna come.’”
At Salt Lake International the main problem is the sheer volume of people who are traveling this week. There are long lines and traffic is heavy getting in. But a lot of people prefer not to think about the bad stuff; instead thinking about 'getting there'.
Aaron Cox, Holiday Traveler: “I’ve heard about it, trying not to think about it too much, just hoping we get through okay.”
Things are going smoothly right now. But that could change for people traveling next weekend, because a winter storm is in Utah's forecast.