Air Travel Has Its Place, but Its Place Is Not Ubiquitous
Southern Winter Storm Forces Major Flight Disruptions
By Del Quentin Wilber Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, January 20, 2008; A11
Hundreds of airline flights were canceled yesterday and thousands of passengers endured lengthy delays after a winter storm showered rain, sleet and rain over major hub airports in the Southeast.
More than 800 flights were canceled to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport -- about a quarter of the airport's total daily operations, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
. . . Less than an inch of snow fell across much of Atlanta, but temperatures that hung around freezing all day caused other snarls at the airport: Aircraft were waiting 90 minutes to two hours to be de-iced before they could safely take off, Bergen said.