Fumes at FAA Center Cause Flight Cancellations in Washington, DC

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Some residual flight delays at Washington, DC, area airports are set to continue Tuesday morning following an evacuation of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control center Monday night.

CBS Baltimore reports that flights throughout the Washington, DC, region were cancelled after construction fumes entered the Washington Center control room, forcing an evacuation. FAA employees were allowed back into the building 9 p.m. Monday night, with air traffic control operations resuming at 11:30 p.m.

Dulles Airport (IAD) reports that limited operations resumed Monday night, and that passengers should continue to check with their flights for specific information.

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BWI Marshall Airport reported this morning that current conditions are normal with no significant delays.

Reagan National warns that passengers should expect some delays and cancellations.

Cancellation and Change Waivers

The following airlines have issued cancellation or change waivers:

Delta passengers scheduled to travel July 10 – 11 are entitled to a refund on the unused portion of their ticket if they wish to cancel as a result of a delay of 90 minutes or more. They may also make a one-time change to their ticket without fee, with the ticket to be reissued on or before July 14 for travel to begin no later than that date.

American Airlines has announced it will waive the change fee for passengers who bought their ticket by July 10 for travel July 10 - 11 and who can travel through July 14 between the same city fare and in the same cabin (or pay the difference).

Southwest Airlines passengers with reservations July 10 – 11 can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of the original date of travel between the same city pair without paying additional charge.

According to the Loudoun Times-Mirror, the fumes started due to roof work on the FAA facility. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue spokesperson Laura Rinehart told the Times-Mirror that the fumes were benign but probably nasty.

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