'96 blizzard makes for tougher travel

By Staff reports
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 11, 1996

For students who spent the break on the East Coast, getting back to school continues to be a problem for them as the "blizzard of '96" snows down many.

Amy Nelson, communication junior, said she was stranded all day Monday in Boston's Logan Airport.

"I though I wasn't going to get out," Nelson said. She said she took one of the only flights out Tuesday.

Nelson lives in northern New Hampshire, and when she left at 2:30 a.m. to drive to Boston, she knew she would have problems with her flight.

"It is not all that exciting," Nelson said of her trip.

Ron Misetich, biochemistry junior, said he was delayed an hour in Philadelphia. He said many people were flying stand-by because all flights were canceled the day before.

Most airports along the East Coast reopened Tuesday, freeing many travelers who had waited days for runways to be cleared of plowed snowdrifts as high as 20 feet.

Those openings meant backlogs of flights and long waits for travelers. But perhaps none was as long as United Flight 801, bound for Tokyo out of New York's Kennedy Airport. It pulled out of the terminal Tuesday, and spent the next 71/2 hours either taxiin g on the runway or stuck in a snowbank with its 264 passengers on board.

Flights into Tucson from Boston's Logan Airport and Newark's Newark Airport were still experiencing delays yesterday.