Report from Reagan Airport
Flying out of Washington today? If so, Post reporter Yamiche Alcindor -- at Reagan National Airport -- has some suggestions. Travelers should avoid checking bags if at all possible because of the overwhelming lines, she said. She also suggested not relying on cabs -- she called one cab company at 5:20 a.m., was on hold for 45 minutes and a cab wasn't dispatched until 7 a.m. She gave up and took the bus, which resulted in her actually arriving at the airport.
As for the airport itself, the scene is what you'd expect: Hundreds of people lining the walls, she said. Lines at Delta, American, US Airways and others stretched down walls with more than a hundred people in each line, including frustrated travelers yelling at airport staff and one another. The lines for the self service counters didn't appear to be moving.
By comparison, the line at security was mostly empty due to everyone being in line to check in. People waiting at their gates are sharing horror stories and hoping their planes take off on time. Expect this to last through much of the day.
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