Weather delays connections at TIA

Some passengers stranded for days


The Rivin family has just about had it with frigid weather, and JetBlue Airlines.

"We're looking at over 24 hours," Michael Rivin, who's family was supposed to be in San Juan, Puerto Rico Friday evening.  Instead, they're stuck in Tampa with no chance to fly out until Monday at the earliest.

"They're saying 'We don't know anything.  Talk to the guys at the airport,'" Nivin said about calling the JetBlue hotline.  "They say 'we don't have a plane.' Then, 'we don't have a crew.'  It's a big back and forth," Nivin said.

The Rivins were supposed to reach Puerto Rico from Washington, D.C., but bad weather cancelled their direct flight.  They were put on a plane to Ft. Lauderdale, without their luggage, only to find there were no flights to San Juan from that city, either.

After taking a five hour shuttle bus from Ft. Lauderdale to Tampa and arriving at 4 a.m. Saturday, they've been waiting for a flight ever since.

Amanda Vincent of Sarasota needed to be in New York for a trade show by Saturday afternoon, but her JetBlue flight was cancelled.  But she checked her luggage around 2:30 p.m., and found herself waiting in long lines with other frustrated passengers.

"I don't now where my bag is," Vincent said.  "I need it so I can go home."

The cold weather up north has affected many connection flights, leaving thousands stranded throughout the southeast, including Tampa.  Nationally, thousands of flights have been affected by the adverse conditions.

Check with your airline before heading to TIA to make sure there are no problems with your outgoing flight or arriving flights.  

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