Several flights departing from Florida Saturday were canceled just a day before hurricane Irma is set to hit the sunshine state. Albert Levy, 42, splits his time between Miami and NY and was in Sunny Isles Beach, in northeast Miami-Dade County, to check on his three children as Irma neared. For a family of four, that is as much as their annual budget for groceries. "Why should expect anything decent from these airlines???"
Instances of price gouging can make the "stay-and-wait-it-out" decision more appealing and practical. Air carriers are regulated by federal agencies.
Under pressure from some members of Congress following social media reports, airlines have taken the unusual step of publicly announcing price caps on tickets out of areas in Irma's course.
Delta isn't the only US airline using soon-to-be-retired aircraft in storm rescue and recovery efforts.
"It has become more likely that Irma will make landfall in southern Florida as a unsafe major hurricane", the Hurricane Center said in a forecast discussion Thursday afternoon.
So far, 29 American Red Cross volunteers from Wisconsin are making their way to Florida to help with relief efforts, while another 103 are stationed in Texas after Harvey, according to a statement Friday from the Red Cross in Wisconsin.
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As more than 1 million Floridians are under orders to evacuate, ABC News spoke to some Miami residents who are hunkering down at home as Hurricane Irma - the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade - approaches. By 2018, no major US-based scheduled passenger airline will operate the Boeing 747.
The Nation Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. forecast update shows Hurricane Irma continuing its path northwest before taking a slight turn to go up the east coast of Florida.
"Thanks to American Airlines and other airlines who added extra flights, actually American actually added 21 extra flights, we were able to rebook them and get everyone on their way on Friday". He told ABC News leaving the city was never an option.
By the way, I've become convinced that algorithms must be a Latin phrase for don't blame us, it's the software.
"Airlines certainly have a right to a reasonable return for services rendered and vagaries in pricing are to be expected; but airlines have no right to impose exorbitant, unfair prices on Americans simply trying to get out of harm's way", they wrote. Marsden isn't sure where they'll all end up.
The order to evacuate has resulted in slow-moving, bumper-to-bumper traffic along major routes, such Interstate 75 and the Florida Turnpike. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he planned for enough space to hold 100,000 people before the storm arrives, although most shelters were only beginning to fill on Friday.