Denver Hail Storm Strands 1,000 Travelers Overnight In Airport (VIDEO)

Posted Jul 14th 2011 12:15 PM



AP File

A severe storm hit the Denver area on Wednesday night, stranding 1,000 passengers at the Denver airport.

A 15-minute hail storm hit the airport between 9 and 10pm, damaging roughly 40 grounded planes, the Denver Post reports.

Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale told the Associated Press that stranded passengers weren't given blankets or cots because airline representatives didn't request them.

Yet Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker also found himself stranded and took to Twitter to explain that he was given a conference room to sleep in, adding: "We slept on the floor in a conference room (security recommended it) on the A concourse. Airport staff grabbed us a blanket and small pillow."

There were numerous cancellations on Thursday. An airport media release on Thursday said: "Cancelations were reported this morning as 31 arrivals and 32 departures; however, the number is increasing as United has reported they have canceled 38 departures and 56 arrivals."

WATCH a passenger's video from a plane below:
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Leaving from SFX for home thru Denver 9 AM Thursday, my flight (Frontier) was cancelled and I was transferred to US Airways. Got charged $25 for luggage which was free on Frontier, spent a total of 17 hours getting to DTW (through Phoenix) and another hour and another $54 for taxi home. Of course, also lost "preferred seating" and in flight movies. In addition, the overhead light for MY seat on the US Airways plane was dead and I couldn't read during the night-time leg which wouldn't have been night-time on the original flight. (Thankfully - the battery in my iPod Touch DOES last about 5 hours.)

July 15 2011 at 4:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Half these stupid people didn't have to be traveling anyway, so let them bear up!

July 14 2011 at 7:44 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to fkarasek's comment

I'd love to know exactly how you came by this information. Have you appointed yourself the almighty arbiter of who should and should not be traveling?

July 14 2011 at 8:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

No one travels unless they have to. no question where the stupid person is

July 14 2011 at 8:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Maybe our super brain government should outlaw bad weather. With the FAAs approval of course.

July 14 2011 at 6:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Whinny azz passengers. Would you have rather taken off in a hail storm and slammed into the side of a mountain.? Trust me sleeping on the floor of an airport was a much better option.

July 14 2011 at 6:15 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Broc's comment

Thank you!!!! I would rather be praying I was in the air then praying I was on the ground. Passengers don't thinl about what could happen if you take off in those storms...can we say crash!!!!

July 14 2011 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I slept on concourse B overnight 2 weeks ago because of weather delays. A friend of mine was stranded there x 24 hours this past week. I'd be leary to fly through Denver in the future.

July 14 2011 at 6:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to ndurbala's comment

Are you kidding me???? There is weather all over..not just Denver...idiot

July 14 2011 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wondered about that too because on the way to San Francisco thru Denver, we had to fly around a thunderstorm that was just '"sitting" near the Denver Airport. Then 4 days later, on the way back, my flight was cancelled (like so many others) and I had to take whatever was available (much less than I paid for on the Frontier flight).

So yes, since it's proven beyond doubt or any possible argument that weather extremes we're seeing across the country are caused by greenhouse gas and other pollution, then the government ought to be forcing power companies and oil companies and coal companies and car and aircraft makers to pay for damages incurred by travelers who can NO LONGER avoid lost time and lost money they incur from these criminal corporate operations. It's simple; polluters pay.

July 15 2011 at 4:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mr Don Corn


July 14 2011 at 6:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Scott Walker was given a conference room to sleep in because airport security feared for his safety...the security supervisor didn't want him ending up dead or beaten and bloodied on his shift... Looks bad on the resume'.

July 14 2011 at 5:14 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

somehow,the airport comment that airlines did not request blankets sounds like a cop out to me,somehow I suspect that airline folks had more to do than think about requesting blankets.Common sense should take over.P.C. no doubt on the airport's part!

July 14 2011 at 5:13 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jmcatskid's comment

Someone who finally thinks...thank you jmcatskid

July 14 2011 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wow do they ever have good weather at the Denver airport, spent 3 hours (1 1/2 hours on the tarmac) on 6/30/2011?

July 14 2011 at 5:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This hail storm and other natural disturbances- heat waves, earthquakes, storms, etc.... is going to escelate especially next year. For a glimpse of future events you can check youtube: "Catholic Visionary Messages"
Mary is Mother of the Sorrowful Heart

July 14 2011 at 4:57 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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