by Deborah Feldman
Sunday, March 29, 2009
SEATTLE -- Passengers checking in at SeaTac's Alaska Airlines terminal were greeted by flyers warning that Mount Redoubt -- and the airport closure it prompted -- is the cause behind countless cancellations.
"Just got back from a seven-month deployment on Friday," said Navy man Charles Shaw, who had hoped to be reunited with his wife and two daughters by now.
"They were pretty disappointed, as you'd probably imagine," he said.
Shaw joined people from dozens of other canceled flights at a specially created counter to rebook the ever-growing backlog of passengers.
Many are being told Wednesday is now the earliest the airline can even book new tickets to Anchorage.
"At this point I'm just looking for anything that gets me into the state and try to drive back to Anchorage," Shaw said.