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Feb 15, 2016 10:57 PM

Weather forces international flight to land in Manchester, passengers held for hours


Monday night’s wintry mix caused for snow covered roadways and slick conditions but one of the largest examples of winter travel delays was when a flight was stuck on the tarmac at Manchester-Boston regional airport for three hours because of the storm.

Delta flight 944 had 159 passengers and 6 crew members.

TSA regulations say that the crew on board had to be done flying for the night.

But the emergency landing of the international flight posed an issue since Manchester does not have a U.S. customs checkpoint.

The nearest U.S. Customs office is Portland, Maine, and they needed to get to MHT and process all of the passengers and find places for them to spend the night.

Betsy Talton, Delta Airlines Spokesperson told NH1 News:

-There have been multiple diversions to JFK for weather

-This flight diverted to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

-Customs officials were on their way from Portland to clear the customers

-Passengers were able to get off the plane

-They were working on accommodations for customers to overnight there, and they were expected to fly out the morning

As of 11 p.m. on Monday night, one passenger, Val Jones, of Berkley, Mass., told NH1 News she was finally able to get off the plane but was waiting in the terminal for further instructions.

Jones said she had been stuck on the plane with one women’s restroom, and that the flight crew ran out of water and snacks. By night’s end they were passing around a basket of hard candies to passengers.

Jones provided NH1 News with all the pictures from her three hour stay on the flight.

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