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Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 12/21/2009

Airports tense after big snow

By Washington Post staff

Things are still tense but seem to be calming down this morning at local airports, in the wake of the big snow.

"We've not had not had any major incidents,"said Courtney Mickalonis, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "We've not had to intervene."

Earlier, reports at Reagan National Airport had the terminal crowded with passengers barking at each other and airport employees.

Lines to check in there were long and slow and snaked far beyond the counters, winding around corners.

But reporter Megan Greenwell emails that security lines at BWI airport are short and moving very quickly. In the concourse, it seems like any other day, although crowds seem very light. The one major exception is the Southwest Airlines ticket counter, which has long lines snaking around and around. The other BWI airline counters looks fine.

At Washington Dulles International airport, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said, three of the four runways were open.

The airports continue to caution travelers to check with their airlines to confirm that their flights are still scheduled before heading out to the airports.

Airport personnel handed out more than 1,000 blankets to stranded travelers who had to sleep at National and Dulles.

Many passengers got stuck overnight because they showed up to the airport even though their flights had been canceled.

Mark Treadaway, another airports authority spokesman, predicts it will take "several days before the volume is worked through the system."

By Washington Post staff  | December 21, 2009; 10:17 AM ET
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