‘They dropped us here then ‘f***d off!’: Furious air passengers lash out on social media after being left stranded as snow storm on America’s East Coast causes travel chaos

Friday, January 5, 2018
By Paul Martin

Angry passengers have taken to social media to complain amid travel chaos
Hundreds said to have been stranded at Washington DC’s Dulles International
Snowstorm on US East Coast has caused travel chaos on both sides of Atlantic
In the US airlines have canceled thousands of flights and diverted others

5 January 2018

Furious air passengers have lashed out on social media after being left stranded as a massive snow storm on America’s East Coast continues to cause travel chaos.

Thousands have had their plans disrupted as blizzards cancelled numerous flights to the US – and forced others to return to the UK while over Atlantic.

Hundreds of passengers were believed to have been stranded at Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport overnight after the snowstorm caused a New York-bound flight to divert.

One, Gareth Bird, claimed Norwegian Air had ‘dropped us here then ‘****d off’ after a journey from London Gatwick that was supposed to end at JFK.

Others desperately tried to make contact with their airlines via Twitter having been stranded with no access to their luggage.

But one traveller, Niall Conroy, made light of his own situation, writing: ‘Trapped in Heathrow. Left all my sharp equipment at home. Survival may be difficult. I may have to engage with nearby settlements. The staff at WHSmiths look approachable’.

Norwegian Air passengers travelling on flight DY7015 from London Gatwick to John F Kennedy Airport were rerouted to Washington DC, 260 miles away, due to the extreme weather.

But when their Boeing 787-9 landed at around 9.30pm local time on Thursday they were held on the runway for two and a half hours before being told their luggage would not be unloaded that night. Pictures show people sleeping on the floor at the terminal.

One stranded traveller, who asked not to be named, said: ‘It’s a complete mess. No one has a clue what to do because we’ve been given zero information.

‘A manager at the airport told us the crew and pilot are staying at a nearby hotel which is a slap in the face when Norwegian haven’t organised anything for us.’

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