Blizzard Aftermath Continues to Disrupt Mass Transit

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The East Coast blizzard is gone, but its aftermath and agony have kept going. From airports to neighborhoods, the blizzard is the gift that just keeps giving misery.

The storm caused major headaches for airlines and airports, in particular. The ripple effect was felt by airports across the country, with roughly 7,000 flights in and out of the East Coast having to be cancelled. It has all made for long travel ordeals.

"We left Hong Kong on New York time the 26th, 9:30 p.m., night time," said Maria Chang, who flew from Hong Kong. "And I just got here now. Today is already the 28th. 26th to the 28th is 40 hours, flying from Hong Kong. I think I can go around the world."

Runways and gates buried in two feet of snow resulted in many passengers being trapped in jets on the tarmac for hours. Also, the numerous cancellations have left legions of would-be fliers stuck in airports.

"There is no service, no facilities," said Italia Bongarzone, a passenger from Italy. "So we spent a night in conditions, in animal conditions, I think."

In an age where airlines try to jam every jet as full as possible, there's little room to rebook all the people who lost their original flights to the blizzard.

Many travelers have now heard they may not get on-board another jet until the New Years arrives.

Meanwhile, unplowed roads in neighborhoods like the ones in New York City have led to a different kind of road rage.

"I've been delivering newspapers and I couldn't get down the block, but I tried anyway, and I got stuck," said Bill Farrell, a newspaper delivery man. "And this gentleman was kind enough to try to help me get out. But, it's been five hours."

Even where there is no snow or ice, winter's bite is hard, like in Florida, where residents are experiencing cold that hasn't been felt there in more than 80 years.

"We want to be on the beach, by the pool," said Marina Pinhaus, who visited from New York. "We want a tan! I'm wearing my coat that I wear in New York."

Thousands of New Yorkers expressed anger that their government has been so slow to clean up the city streets.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the snow fell so fast it was hard to keep up with it and that abandoned cars in the middle of the roads makes plowing hard. The city council has called for an investigation into the slow pace of the cleanup.

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