I'll Get Home Next Christmas: Thousands Still Stranded
New York City just starting to get moving again
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 27, 2010 8:13 PM CST
Snow falls at the Indian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010.    (Chuck Snyder)

(Newser) – Thousands of travelers are still sitting bored and bleary-eyed in airports, stuck buses, and subways today, a day after parts of the Northeast got slammed by more than 2 feet of show. "People are exhausted. They want to get home," sighed a Tel Aviv-bound traveler who had been marooned at JFK Airport since yesterday. And some may sit for days. Many planes are booked solid because of the busy holiday season, and recession-hit airlines are operating fewer flights.

New York faced a domino effect: With snow coming down at 2-3 inches per hour, plows had to plow streets repeatedly to keep them open. Cabs were scarce as cabbies abandoned them in snow-clogged streets, further frustrating plowing efforts. Buses sputtered to a halt in snow drifts. Trains stopped in their tracks. Even the New York City subway system broke down in spots, trapping riders for hours. Many side streets in New York City remained unplowed well into the day, and pedestrians began to complain. "It's being handled by the best professionals in the business," said a testy Michael Bloomberg. At JFK, a dearth of taxis, shuttles, and trains meant many passengers tired of waiting around couldn't have left even if they wanted to. "There's literally no way to leave," said one would-be passeger. But light at the end of the tunnel: By 5:30pm local time, several flights leaving Kennedy were listed as on time for departure.

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Dec 27, 2010 9:54 PM CST
Same story next year Each year people decide to make the Christmas pilgrimage and each year thousands are stranded I have little to no sympathy for the so called adults caught in this situation I do for the children who are caught up in the poor decision making process of said adults If you make your own decision to travel during peak holiday travel periods and then elect to fly or drive a long distance during a time of the year where Winter is making itself know you damn well deserve what you get Keep your Christmas at home safe with the family and forget the idiocy of travel this time of year