January 26, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS — The web site Flight Conscious exhibits Southwest Airways canceled one other 25,000 flights on Wednesday, and as much as 15,000 flights by no means took off for the reason that meltdown started per week in the past.

The journey troubles are forcing individuals to both drive to their locations or wait it out. And in a single case, it led to an sudden friendship.

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“Like all people, we have been attempting to get flights on any airline that would get us out of Minnesota,” stated Annie Brunner, who got here for Christmas together with her spouse, Megan.

They ended up getting stranded in Minnesota for 2 days as their Southwest flights to Denver stored getting canceled. On Dec. 26, they determined to drive again residence, however everybody else appeared to have the identical thought, and it was a protracted watch for a rental automotive at Minneapolis-St. Paul Worldwide Airport.

“I truly walked as much as the attendant and I stated, ‘Is there anyone going to Denver who’s been like actually good with you to work with, like they have been fairly good?’ And she or he pointed to love one ticket individual. She’s like, ‘You have to name for Dani,'” stated Brunner. “I walked round going, I used to be like, ‘The place’s Dani going to Colorado?’ and she or he jumped proper up, and she or he stated, ‘When you guys wish to be part of me going to Denver, I would be completely satisfied to take you guys.'”

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A whole stranger drove the couple again to Denver.  

Annie Brunner and her spouse Megan

Annie Brunner

“I believe individuals are hesitant nowadays to type of lean on a stranger,” stated Brunner. “In our case, it could not have labored out any higher.”

They drove 14 hours, turning into quick buddies alongside the way in which.

“We now have a complete lifetime of tales, so we type of stored one another busy,” stated Brunner.

Andrea Yoch, the founding father of the Minnesota Aurora ladies’s soccer group, remains to be stranded in Nashville after touring there to go to shut household buddies.

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“Each flight leaving Nashville right this moment was bought out, like each stage, top quality, the whole lot else,” stated Yoch.

Yoch switched from Southwest to Delta and secured a late and costly flight for Wednesday with a connection in between.

“I used to be attempting to avoid wasting cash by flying Southwest, but it surely does make me query, clearly, it did not find yourself saving me cash,” stated Yoch.

Click on right here for Southwest Airways’ refund kind.