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Dense fog grounds Pensacola flights

The dense fog grounded dozens of flights coming and going from Pensacola International Airport.
About 24 flights were either canceled or delayed.

As Channel Three's Jenise Fernandez explains, the dense fog wasn't the only thing causing problems for travelers.

Most stranded passengers were forced to book a room and stay the night at the Hyatt Place.
And it wasn't just fog in Pensacola causing problems, but winter weather across the country created a domino effect.

You can usually find several planes lined up here, either getting ready to take off or flying in.
But the runway was quiet, and the airport empty.

Ken Carl
"It's a little frustrating.. try and get home."
Ken Carl was on his way to San Diego, an American Airlines flight that was supposed to take him to Dallas for his layover.
But, it was abruptly cancelled just a few hours before it was scheduled to take off.
Now he's staying the night at the Hyatt Place, hoping things clear up by Wednesday.

"Tried to rebook... rather be home tonight."

Flight after flight was cancelled, others delayed, about 24 in total.
Tuesday morning, fog conditions did not meet the minimum requirements by the Federal Aviation Administration of a 200 foot ceiling and one half mile visibility.
But the decision to cancel flights is left up to the airlines.
Many of those airlines canceled flights earlier in the day, and with more winter weather brewing across the nation, some stranded passengers may experience more travel problems .

"But I cannot believe that the weather is holding us up.. don't shoot the messenger."

The fog is expected to clear up by midnight.
But you're asked to check with your airline before arriving to the airport to see your flight's status.
Reporting live in Pensacola, Jenice Fenandez, Channel Three News.