Atlanta Airport: Over 24 Hours of Passengers Stuck in the Middle of Thousands Of Flight Cancellations

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Nebraska newlyweds on the way home from their honeymoon were among those stranded at the Atlanta airport after thousands of flights were canceled due to weather and staff shortages.

Megan and Joe Reis talked to Inside Edition about their stressful trip back from the Caribbean to Omaha. For two days they were at the airport, 1000 miles away from their home.

Joe captured the line at Delta’s customer support desk as desperate passengers tried desperately to get out.

“Everyone’s panicking, cause people don’t know if they’re sleeping there,”Joe said.

Many took to social media in frustration at the airline.

“I’ve been stuck for the last five hours, because all the flights have been canceled,”One man said. 

“It looks like a trauma center in the freaking airport right now, because everyone’s flights are getting delayed, canceled or missed,”Another person said it.

Many people were forced to sleep on the ground in terminals because of the high demand for airport hotels.

“Sleeping on an airport floor is not for the weak. It’s not comfortable,”Brooke Osbourne was also trapped in Atlanta for 24hrs.

Osbourne was travelling with Carson, 11 months old, and ran out diapers.

“Before we left on our last flight, I used the last diaper I brought. I was like, ‘Well, I hope we get there!’” Osbourne said.

19,000 flights were cancelled or delayed across the nation over the holiday weekend due to severe weather and staff shortages.

A Charlotte woman experienced severe chest pains when she ran to catch her flight after a gate switch.

Tyler Wren (17) was present.

“She looked out of breath. It was right after the gate change. We were getting ready to board the plane, she was in line and she just collapsed,” Wren said.

“CBS Mornings”Tony Dokoupil, co-anchor, also got involved in the chaos.

“I had a flight canceled on Friday, two-hour delay on Saturday and a three-hour delay on Sunday,”Dokoupil stated. The dad of four missed Father’s Day.

“As a traveler there’s very little you can do to prevent a meltdown of the system. To survive the summer, yes, you have to pack a little bit of extra patience. But you should also be packing an extra set of clothes, medication, snacks and whatever it is that’s going to get you through some really long delays,”Scott Mayerowitz, executive editor at Points Guy, said. 

A variety of airlines announced that they would cancel their July and August flights to prevent any disruptions.