NASCAR driver, others stuck in TSA lines at CLT airport
A NASCAR driver got stranded at low speed with hundreds of other passengers at Charlotte Airport on Friday, as pent-up summer travel demand and waning COVID-19 concerns resulted in long TSA lines and missed flights.
Martins drives a full program in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Martins Motorsports.
“There is 1 checkpoint open and it is backed up from checkpoint E to the middle of the terminal,” Martins said. “People cannot enter the building, it is so remote. “
“And I’m pre-checked – I showed up an hour and 15 minutes early and reached my door 4 minutes before boarding,” he continued. “It’s going to be a lot of people missing flights this morning.”
With school typically held this week every year, it’s a good time for many families in the Charlotte area to go on vacation.
Randy and Dana Shope and their 6-year-old daughter, Logan, missed their flight to Newark for a family reunion, then another flight there later that morning.
“We got there at 6:25 am for a 7:54 am flight, which is normally fine,” Dana Shope, who lives in Fort Mill, told the Charlotte Observer in a telephone interview on Saturday.
She later learned that 35 people missed the flight.
Passengers have never been to weddings and other events, Shope said, said he learned of conversations with other travelers at the airport.
Her family then stood in line for an hour at the American Airlines help desk in hopes of catching the 11:04 am flight, she said. By the time they got their names, 29 more were already waiting for the flight, she said.
Another disgruntled passenger posted on Twitter a photo of a nearly empty Bojangles box: “So far the only bright spot about Charlotte Airport.”
The Charlotte Observer was unable to immediately reach an airport spokesperson by email on Saturday morning.
Arrive early, officials urge
In a press conference ahead of Memorial Day weekend, CLT airport officials urged people to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flight.
Memorial Day weekend passenger numbers are expected to be near pre-pandemic levels, the Observer previously reported, citing airport officials.
Although the mandate for statewide masks in North Carolina has been lifted, masks are still required on airport properties and on planes, said Kevin Frederick, federal director of security. of the Transportation Security Administration at the press conference.
Heartbroken Girl After Missed Flight
The Shope family ended up standing in line for six hours before deciding to “make lemonade” from the nightmare, said Dana Shope: They left the airport and went on vacation to Surfside Beach, Carolina from the South, she said.
The family received credit for a future flight and hope to move north in August, she said.
“Our 6-year-old daughter was heartbroken that she couldn’t see her cousins,” Shope said. “She’s had a tough day. It was going to be his first unforgettable flight. She was so excited to see her cousins. That’s why we’re at the beach, trying to catch up.