Fewer fliers stranded inside airports

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Winter storms that slammed the northeast are still forcing airlines to cancel flights at airports in New York and Philadelphia on Thursday.

But some travel experts say in midst of the Holiday travel nightmare, there may actually be fewer fliers stranded inside of airports these days.

Myrtle Beach International Airport spokesperson Kirk Lovell says the airport's operation staff reported no issues as a result from Wednesday's canceled flights. The airport does not track the number of stranded fliers.

Karen Schafer says quick notifications from the airline Wednesday saved her a night at the airport's terminal after her flight to Charlotte was canceled.

"Then all the sudden I got a phone call and I got an email saying that my flight I had been canceled. Luckily," said Schafer.

Schafer signed up for the airline flight notification system. Many major airlines offer this service to fliers and it helps get the word to travelers sooner.

Some airlines incorporate a time frame to share flight status in their policy. According to Delta Airline's policy the airline will notify fliers of any changes to a flight status within 30 minutes the airlines becomes aware of it.

This kind of immediacy gives travelers earlier cancellation notices, sometime even before heading to the airport. This also allows their booking process to start right away. The system is a service David Leatherman is very familiar with. Leatherman says it's especially helpful when there's stormy winter weather.

"With smart phones technology now, we've been getting updates. We're going to Philadelphia and we know we've been having snow, so we've been getting updates," said Leatherman.

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