Long Lines and Delays at SFO; Travelers Remain ‘Remarkably’ Patient’

Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Update: Flight 214 Crash Investigation Begins

KQED’s Raul Ramirez was at the International Terminal of San Francisco Airport Saturday waiting for a flight to Thailand when he saw the smoke from the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. Six hours later, large numbers of would-be travelers, including Ramirez, were still stranded at the airport, waiting for news of whether their flights were cancelled or eventually would take off.

Others whose flights had landed before the crash also had been waiting for just as long for their luggage to arrive at the baggage carousels.

“What I find really remarkable is how accepting people have been,” Ramirez reports. “People are sitting around or standing in long lines very patiently. You just don’t see the usual complaining or rolling of the eyes. A number of people have said simply that they are happy they were not on that plane. This kind of helps put everything in perspective.”

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David Weir is Senior Editor, Online News for KQED.  He previously worked at Rolling Stone, Salon, Wired Digital, Excite@Home, Mother Jones, among others, and as a co-founder and Executive Director of The Center for Investigative Reporting.

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