Passengers sleep on cots at Memphis airport after canceled flight

Passengers sleep on cots at Memphis airport after canceled flight
Pictures of cots and air mattresses in Memphis International Airport after canceled flights. (Source: WMC)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A group of Allegiant passengers slept overnight at Memphis International Airport after a cancelled flight.

On Wednesday morning, WMC Action News 5 found several cots in the Allegiant check-in area.

Passengers say the storms that rolled through Memphis Tuesday night led to their 8:55 p.m. flight to St. Petersburg, Florida being canceled. Some passengers slept on the cots, others like Randy Huckabee, of Florida got hotel rooms.

"The crew got delayed last night because of the weather, so they clocked out, so they had to bump us to this morning," said Huckabee.

One woman called the experience "a nightmare."

The passengers were back in line Wednesday morning to get their tickets, hoping for a smoother experience.

"It's all on God's timing anyway," Huckabee said.

WMC reached out to Allegiant who provided the statement below:

“We sincerely apologize to our customers for the disruption to their plans, but flight 819, which was scheduled to depart Memphis at 8:55 p.m. local time yesterday, was canceled because of severe weather along the route to St. Petersburg. Passengers were offered refunds or re-accommodated to other flights at no charge. Many passengers chose to take the rescheduled flight, 5819, which departed Memphis International Airport at 9:07 a.m. local time this morning, bound for St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.”

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