Airlines offering free flight changes due to East Coast storm

Published on : Friday, January 5, 2018

 East CoastThe airline companies are offering free flight changes because of the East Coast storm rolling up the North eastern part, mid Atlantic and Southeast.



The snowstorm has already caused thousands of flight cancellations.



The storm stranded passengers across the country.


The United States airlines usually are not obligated to provide hotels or food because a storm is considered an act of God and not covered by U.S. airlines’ contract of carriage.



United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Airlines are detailing the terms of their fee and flight change waivers, which differ from airline to airline.



Southwest Airlines doesn’t charge change fees but offered rebooking help to its customers on it weather alert page.



United Airlines urged its passengers to use its website, instead of calling.



But asked the status of Thursday’s Flight 717 from Boston to LAX, scheduled for 6:11 p.m., the mechanical voice quickly noted it was cancelled.



A check of British Airways’ flights from London’s Heathrow to JFK noted some delayed, some leaving early and some flights cancelled.



The storm has whipped itself into a blizzard, blasting as much as 3 inches of snow an hour, creating whiteouts in the New York City area.



The winds gusted up to 50 mph at JFK, and lightning was reported over Long Island. Many areas also are having to contend with flooding and power outages.



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