• Airport problems persist, with hundreds of travelers stranded

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - While the streets are starting to dry out, and the threat of snow is over, the airport is still a mess. More than 140 flights were canceled Friday, even after Charlotte Douglas reopened runways.

    "We just want to go home," Mario Morquecho said.

    "It's been a real headache here," Carlos Saenz said.

    Saenz considers himself one of the lucky ones. He was only delayed 26 hours and managed to snag a hotel room.

    "We thought we were going to be sharing rooms with people," Saenz said. "Luckily that didn't happen, but that was a possibility."

    Morquecho wasn't so fortunate.

    "We actually spent the night here at the airport, with a lot of people," Morquecho said.

    He spent two nights on a cot at the airport.

    "Some of us had food, and we tried to share it with others," Morquecho said.

    Airport officials said around 1,000 people slept in the terminal Thursday night.

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