Hurricane Dorian canceling, delaying flights at BNA; What you need to know

Posted at 8:04 AM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 20:39:15-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Flights across the gulf and Atlantic coasts are being impacted as Hurricane Dorian moves towards the U.S.

According to Flight Aware, there are 12 cancelations out of Nashville and three delays today.

However, more than 1500 flights have been affected nationwide. Overnight in Florida, several airports shut down – including, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Kissimmee and Palm Beach International. Some could re-open at some point today but others won't open until Wednesday or even Thursday.

What happens if my flight is canceled?

Good news: If your flight is canceled, you're covered regardless. The Department of Transportation says most airlines will re-book you for free on their next flight.

If you have to just scratch the whole trip, don't worry. You'll get your money back from non-refundable tickets.

With some major airlines, like American, you can rebook certain flights without a fee. Flights going to parts of Florida with Delta and United will also have their fees waived. Southwest has canceled 18 flights and so far, they're also not charging change fees for certain flights.

NewsChannel5 talked with a group of women who are stuck in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Dorian. Their flights were canceled and rebooked four times.

"I am honestly just grateful we are not stuck somewhere without a place to stay right now like most people," said Jackie Stroman. The trio has a flight booked for Wednesday evening, more than 36 hours after their original scheduled flight.

"The three of us have reservations on three different check ins. So, we're all trying fly home so we're not leaving someone stranded as well," she said.

A Florida man who was visiting Nashville is also having trouble getting home. Anthony Pinckney's flight was canceled Monday. Now he's hoping to fly back Wednesday as well.

"I'm just going to hang out and wait. Hang out with friends. Hopefully tomorrow, if my flight is still good I'll get back home. If it's not, I guess more vacation time," said Pinckney.