Woman’s homecoming surprise in hands of Mother Nature
OKLAHOMA CITY – The long drive from Enid to Will Rogers World Airport was a white knuckle ride for Jamie Dick.
“There was three inches of ice so it took me two hours to get here,” he said.
Jamie is trying to orchestrate a surprise rendezvous with her husband, a marine she hasn’t seen in a year.
“He doesn’t know anything, it’s all a surprise,” Dick said. “He doesn’t have a clue. He thinks we won’t see each other for another week.”
But like many travelers, her flight to San Diego hinges on the weather.
Airport spokesperson Karen Carney said, “It does take a lot to shut down the airport; there are so many elements involved in that.”
Most flights are currently operating on schedule.
Only American Airlines has canceled flights Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning in anticipation of snow and ice.
Airport maintenance is ready to clear runways and taxiways and make every effort to keep the airport operational.
Additional staff is standing ready to clear sidewalks, roads in front of the terminal and parking lanes.
Will Rogers is prepared for anything, according to Carney.
“The airport does keep a stockpile of blankets,” she said. “Our concession stands are great providing water and things like that if we need that.”
Jamie prefers sunny San Diego and her husband’s warm embrace but sometimes, Mother Nature has other plans.
Airport officials encourage everyone to call in advance to make sure flights haven’t been delayed or canceled.