Monday’s traffic: I-70 reopens east of Denver

0 View Gallery  View Comments Interstate 70 between suburban Denver and Kansas is back open. Portions of the highway across Colorado's Eastern Plains were closed Sunday and Monday morning because of blowing snow. About a dozen flights were canceled or delayed at Denver International Airport on Monday partly due to a storm hitting Minneapolis. Airlines are working to catch up a day after about 200 flights from Denver, about 15 percent of the day's schedule, were canceled because of snow. About 6 inches (15.2 centimeters) fell there. Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwestern Colorado reported getting 23 inches (58 centimeters) of snow over two days while Silverton Mountain reported 2 feet (0.6 meters). --- A vehicle slid off northbound Interstate 25 south of Briargate Monday morning. The vehicle is on the right shoulder, Colorado Springs traffic tweeted.  Click here for more traffic updates from The Gazette's interactive map.  -- The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 70 in both directions east of Denver because of numerous vehicle crashes, blowing snow and icy roads Monday morning. CDOT closed I-70 between Airport Boulevard and Burlington. Other highways stretching into Kansas are closed, including U.S. 36, U.S. 40 and U.S. 85, reports The Denver Post. Related: Traveling remains hazardous in eastern Colorado Continue Reading

Dozens of flights canceled at Denver airport due to storm

DENVER -- Officials say about 190 flights have been canceled at Denver International Airport as a winter storm moves through Colorado. Airport officials say passengers should check directly with their airline for information on delays or cancellations on Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration also is using a ground delay to space out planes arriving at the Denver airport. Airport officials say those delays are averaging about 2.5 hours. Crews began working overnight to treat the airport's surfaces and officials said the airfield was in good condition. But officials said blowing snow and low visibility is a concern as winds pick up speed. Continue Reading

Icy weather not causing delays or cancellations at Denver International Airport so far

Monday morning’s winter storm has not yet delayed any flights at Denver International Airport but that could change, officials warn. “At the moment we are not seeing any delays or cancellations,” Heath Montgomery, DIA spokesman, said at 6:30 a.m. The airport is expected to get between 1 and 2 inches of snow by the afternoon, Montgomery said. It’s snowing! We are not seeing any delays or cancellations at the moment this morning but things can change so check your flight status. #cowx — Denver Int’l Airport (@DENAirport) January 15, 2018 Airlines will be deicing their planes before takeoff Monday morning. It takes about 15 minutes once people are on the aircraft so passengers should expect those additional wait times before takeoff. Continue Reading

Fliers throw punches in ‘near riot’ at delay-plagued JFK Airport

Travelers at JFK Airport were getting snow where fast Saturday. Two days after the last flake fell, JFK was reeling from the first snowstorm of 2018 with equipment malfunctions, dozens of delayed flights and scores of unhappy customers. “We’ve been here since 8 a.m., and our flight keeps getting pushed back,” Leah Golubchick told the Daily News Saturday. “At first they said the baggage machine was frozen, so they were unable to take the bags off the plane. Now they said that the plane is snowed in at the hangar!” “How is 6 inches of snow enough to block a hangar?” the 31-year-old Brooklyn resident asked. “The flight crew and pilots are all here. They’ve been joking about grabbing shovels to help dig the plane out.” Golubchick’s travel problems began Thursday, when the storm forced her original Delta Airlines flight to Denver to be cancelled. She was ultimately put on Saturday’s flight — but the plane didn’t budge. “They’re not even announcing the delays anymore,” she said. “They’re just putting it up on the screen.” A Delta spokeswoman said Saturday night no additional flight cancellations were expected, and crews were focused on reunited passengers with their luggage. Kenneth Watson, an Army vet and graduate student from St. Cloud, Minn., showed up early for his 10:30 a.m. flight on Sun Country Airlines to Minneapolis. He left the airport seven hours later — but he wasn’t flying. “I checked the board and it said it was going to be delayed, and then it was just canceled,” Watson, 38, said. “No one told us anything. There was so much chaos. There were probably tens of thousands of people. It was like I was in a basketball arena.” Ryan Harrison and his family were all set to return home to Johannesburg when their flight was unexpectedly canceled. “The woman in the ticketing station just closed Continue Reading

Passport System Down, Thousands Delayed At Airports Around The Country

Thousands of passengers reported being stranded at airports across the United States, in a delay that was caused because the passport system across the country was down Monday. Several international travelers, possibly returning from the long New Year weekend, took to Twitter to share pictures and videos of long lines at airport checks and passport kiosks in airports including the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Miami International Airport in Florida and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia. According to the stranded passengers, the delay was because the computer system to check passports, operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, had failed. CBP later put out a statement on its Twitter page, saying all the airports were back online after a brief outage of its processing systems. "During the disruption, CBP had access to national security-related databases and all travelers were screened according to security standards," it added and also said that disruption did not appear to be of a malicious nature. Some travelers said they were asked to use mobile passport at the checks. Meanwhile, the Denver International Airport on its Twitter page confirmed that CBP was facing a computer issue Monday night and warned travelers arriving from international destinations that they may experience delays. A few minutes later, another tweet said the customs processing issue was resolved.  Several other airports also confirmed the outage.  Strangely, a quite similar incident took place on Jan.2, 2017, almost one year to the date, where extensive delays were caused due to computer outage affecting customs procedures. At the time, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were forced to process travelers through a slower backup system when the computers went down, NY Daily News said.  A spokeswoman for U.S. Customs did not to comment on what might have caused the glitch Continue Reading

Here’s everything you can get for free while stuck at the airport

Killing time at the airport doesn’t have to be expensive. If you ever find yourself trapped during a long layover or stuck in a terminal due to plane delays, there are plenty of things to do in the airport that are completely free. Related: Here's Why Airports Have Carpet Yes, this means you don’t have to spend money at the duty-free or at the airport bar for hours on end. Depending on where or when you fly, you can take advantage of some of these airport freebies. If you’re saving your cell phone battery, you can make free calls at Denver International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Just look for a marked courtesy phone. At Dulles and Ronald Reagan, local and long distance calls are free to anywhere within the contiguous United States, as long as they're shorter than five minutes. Denver has ad-supported phones offering completely free domestic calls and 10 minutes of free long distance calls. If you need time to relax and stretch, do some yoga at San Francisco International Airport, Chicago's O’Hare and Midway Airports, Miami International Airport, and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. These airports also have complimentary mats for guests to borrow. If you’re feeling scruffy, get a free shoe shine at Los Angeles International Airport, Denver International Airport and Missouri’s Kansas City International Airport. But it’s always customary to tip your shoe shiner. For those on especially long layovers, grab a free movie by a local filmmaker at Oregon’s Portland International Airport (post-security), San Francisco International Airport (pre-security), and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (post-security, by Gate C18). International travelers can also catch a free movie at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Travelers who need a wardrobe change can get a free personal shopper at London’s Heathrow Airport. These fashion experts Continue Reading

LaGuardia Airport bomb scare and terminal evacuation causes flight delays across U.S.

Officials at LaGuardia Airport were on high alert after a passenger concealing what appeared to be an explosive device spurred an evacuation. The bomb turned out to be fake and the scare was over in a few hours, but it disrupted travel plans for thousands of people as flights were postponed and vehicle traffic to the airport was briefly halted. Delays rippled across the country as well as airlines adjusted their schedules. Investigators quickly determined that the device wasn't dangerous, but travelers became quickly inconvenienced as flights were postponed and traffic backed up outside. Passengers didn't get back in to the terminal until close to 9 a.m. LaGuardia handles about 70 flights per hour, both departures and arrivals. Roughly a half-dozen United flights were delayed because of the incident at LaGuardia, airline spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said. United only serves three destinations from LaGuardia - Denver, Chicago-O'Hare and Washington-Dulles. Delta Air Lines Inc., the world's biggest airline operator, has a separate terminal from where the incident occurred, so planes continued to arrive and depart. But flights were still disrupted because pilots and flight attendants couldn't make it to the airport because of the traffic backup, airline spokesman Carlos Santos said. Discount carrier AirTran Airways canceled two flights and delayed about a dozen others due to the incident at LaGuardia, spokesman Christopher White said. "The planes that go to LaGuardia will be delayed the rest of the day I'm sure," he said. Among the delayed fliers were 12-year-old Samantha Casady and her 10-year-old brother, Patrick, of Norwich, Conn., who were supposed to fly to Dallas at 7:15 a.m. by themselves to visit relatives. Their mother, Colleen, said she and her husband were accompanying their children through a long security screening line when there was a commotion "and just a swarm of TSA." Casady said she later saw a man in handcuffs, surrounded by police. The family was Continue Reading

38 hurt as Continental jet skids off Denver runway, burns

DENVER - Passengers expecting a flight to Texas instead had to flee their burning airliner, sprawled in a smoke-filled ravine off a runway with the fuselage partially buckled and one engine and part of its landing gear ripped off. There was no official word yet Sunday on the possible cause of the crash of Continental Flight 1404 at Denver International Airport. The entire right side of the Boeing 737 was burned in the Saturday evening accident and melted plastic from overhead compartments dripped onto the seats. Thirty-eight people suffered injuries including broken bones. The conditions of two people who had been in critical condition at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver were upgraded Sunday, one to serious and one to fair, spokeswoman Tonya Ewers said. Continental Airlines spokeswoman Julie King said fewer than seven of those injured were still in the hospital Sunday morning. She declined to comment on the types of injuries. Five of the six airport's six runways had been reopened by late Sunday morning and airport officials didn't expect any delays related to airport operations, said airport spokesman Jeff Green. Passenger Mike Wilson of Denver described the chaotic scramble to leave the burning plane on updates he posted on Twitter from the airport using his cell phone. "By the time the plane stopped we were burning pretty well and I think I could feel the heat even through the bulkhead and window," he wrote. "I made for the exit door as quickly as I could, fearing the right wing might explode from the fire. Once out, I scrambled down the wing." The 110 passengers and five crew members made it out on emergency slides, and firefighters extinguished the flames quickly, Green said. The weather was cold but not snowy when the plane took off on a flight to Houston around 6:20 p.m. The plane veered off course about 2,000 feet from the end of the runway and did not appear to have gotten airborne, city aviation manager Kim Day said. Continue Reading

Inside the LaGuardia control tower – and why you’re always delayed

The following is excerpted from the feature story "Traffic" now appearing at , in which magazine correspondent Jeanne Marie Laskas shares her inside view of the air control tower at LaGuardia and the people who make it work. At any given moment, on any given morning, there are roughly 6,000 planes on their way to somewhere, from somewhere, over American airspace. Getting them safely down to the ground will depend upon the efforts of a small group of controllers who, nearly without fail, get the job done despite long hours, grim working conditions, and ancient technology. Get a view from the tower at LaGuardia Airport to see how it all happens.  Full story at To get to the air-traffic-control tower at New York's LaGuardia Airport, you have to walk through Concourse D in the Central Terminal, past the shiny shops and fat pretzels and premium brews, into and back out of streams of travelers yammering wirelessly at wives, lovers, brokers. You come to a thick steel battleship-gray door, shove it open with your hip. Step inside. You are now in…Leningrad? Bucharest? Cinder-block walls washed in dingy fluorescent light, a cramped elevator, slow and rickety, up to the tenth floor. This is the center of the universe, a tower serving 23 million passengers a year as they fly in and out of the most congested airspace in the world, and yeah, this tower, built in 1962, one of the oldest in America, is a dump. The FAA promises a new tower next year. You can see it emerging next to the parking garage. It's right there. Some LaGuardia controllers remember hearing about a-new-tower-next-year as far back as 1984. "Next year." "Next year." "Why fix up the old tower when a new tower is coming next year?" A quarter of a century of no next-years is enough to make any worker with a spare shirt in his locker in case of a toilet explosion feel…skeptical. WHY YOU'RE DELAYED LaGuardia Airport is tiny compared to its sleek modern Continue Reading

Best airports for craft beer lovers

During Oktoberfest season — and pretty much any time of the year — many travelers enjoy spending their airport layovers in a bar with a beer.In the past that meant something generic, sudsy and overpriced. But as the craft beer industry has boomed in towns and cities around the country, it’s now possible to find locally made brews in just about every airport.  “I make it a point to pound homegrown beer at every airport I pass through. That means sipping Stone IPAs at the brewery’s San Diego outpost and knocking back Land-Grant's hoppy wheat beers at its Columbus airport taproom — and then taking a six-pack to go, too,” said Joshua M. Bernstein, author of The Complete Beer Course and Complete IPA. History of airport brewpubsBoston-based Samuel Adams may have started the airport brewpub trend back in 1993, when it opened a branch at Boston Logan International Airport. The company now has 12 airport brewpubs around the country: Atlanta; Boston, Cincinnati (two); Richmond, Va.; Miami; St. Petersburg, Fla.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Charleston, S.C.; Flint, Mich.; and at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.“As a brewer, I travel a lot and knowing that I can have a taste of home at most airports across the country is something I’ll never take for granted,” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams. “It makes my travels a lot more fun.”Today, brewpubs such as Cask & Larder offer up a wide variety of local and regionally made beer at Orlando International Airport, but in the late 1990s the airport was the first to have a working brewery.In April 1997 the Shipyard Brewing Company of Portland, Maine, opened a 20-barrel, 5,000-square-foot microbrewery in the airport’s main terminal. Passengers could look thorough 6-foot glass windows, watch beer being produced, and take a self-guided tour along the perimeter of the facility to learn about Continue Reading