First Newark flight since Superstorm Sandy lands at Sky Harbor

First Newark flight since Superstorm Sandy lands at Sky Harbor

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The valley residents we spoke to were stuck in New York for the past couple of days.  They lost power -- one was even kicked out of his hotel.  So when they got on the first flight out Thursday morning, they were ready to get home.

"I'm so glad to be back.  I just texted all my friends I am back and I am in sunshine again," said Sean Watson.

Watson went to New York last weekend.  If it wasn't for Sandy, he would have been back on Tuesday.

"They kept canceling flights..we had to wait.  I found out one time that my flight was canceled two hours before that my flight was canceled, it was pretty scary," he said.

And with the city crippled by the powerful storm, there wasn't much he could do but wait.  Then he got a big surprise.

"We got kicked out of our hotel in Manhattan two days ago.  They had incoming reservations when they opened the bridges, so they had to give all the reservations to the people that had prior reservations.  Fortunately, we had friends in that had a place to sty which was awesome."

At least he had power. Meghan Cox spent the past few days in a dark Manhattan apartment.

"Our building was stuck without power since Monday.  It was 20 flights of stairs and with a little dog, made things difficult," she said.

Thursday morning's flight was one of the first to bring stranded passengers back to the valley.  Getting a seat required persistence and a lot of luck.

"I had three flights booked and canceled, so we booked several flights, praying and hoping that we would get through on one," said Meghan.

Two people from New Jersey thought they'd have to cancel their trip to Hawaii, but at the last minute, got some good news.

"I packed last night..we didn't think we were coming. We called the airline and the airline said we were on schedule.  Cell phone service was sketchy, so we had trouble getting in touch with each other but 4:00 in the morning off we went."

Those ladies told me they're ready to go to Hawaii, but it was hard leaving their families behind.  

There were a few cancellations, but most of the flights from New York back here in the valley left as scheduled or are set to leave tonight.

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