It was lights out at McCarran International Airport’s Terminal 1 Wednesay morning. A power outage scrambled flights, held up bags, and frustrated passengers.
Nearly eight hours after the power was restored travelers were still feeling the effects. Hundreds of upset passengers were looking for a light at the end of the tunnel or, in this case, the terminal.
Many travelers at McCarrain airport say they were left in the dark in more ways than one.
“I didn’t hear anything, nothing,” said traveler Susie Balitimore. “This is the first time I’ve been here, we’re celebrating my birthday, and I was like I can’t believe it.”
“It is terrible. We just arrived, everything went smooth, the flight was great, and we get up here and find out it’s a blackout,” said traveler Louise Allinder.
The outage started around 7:30 Wednesday morning and mainly impacted Terminal 1.
Slowdowns were seen at baggage claim, ticketing and some TSA checkpoints. Airport officials say, Terminal 3 and the air traffic control tower were unaffected.
Cheers echoed throughout the crowd once the lights finally came back on around 9 a.m.
“We did our best to continue operations as best as we can, things are just moving slower than usual,” said Christine Crews, McCarran airport spokesperson.
She says that’s because the resetting process causes minor intermittent interruptions. There is one thing she does want to make clear.
“There was never a question of safety for take offs and landings here at McCarran.”
And if this should ever happen again?
“Your best bet is to monitor your flight status with your particular airline,” Crews said.
McCarran says a busted cable is to blame for the power getting knocked out. It has been fixed.