CHICAGO (CBS) — Thousands of travelers were still stranded at O’Hare and Midway international airports on Wednesday, after hundreds of flights were halted Tuesday when the local air-traffic center was evacuated due to smoke.
CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports it could take days for the airports to catch up, after airlines were forced to cancel more than 1,000 flights at O’Hare International Airport, and more than 120 at Midway International Airport. Hundreds more flights were delayed, a day after more than 500 flights were canceled and hundreds more were delayed at O’Hare due to thunderstorms.
Ticket counters at O’Hare were jammed with long lines of passengers trying to book new flights out of Chicago early Wednesday, though lines got back to normal by mid-morning. Many of those waiting to book flights already spent hours on Tuesday trying to find a flight after the two airports were brought to a standstill for more than three hours.