Ash Fogging Up Flight Plans For Local Military Personnel

6:20 PM, Apr 19, 2010   |    comments
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BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA) -- Volcanic ash has delayed many troops heading overseas out of BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Men and women dressed in camouflage near gate 14 is common, but the ash disruptions are drawing more and more soldiers to the lounge to utilize the amenities like the technology room. Troops can also use internet phones with unlimited calling to anywhere in the world.

U.S. Army soldier, Jeremy Kotkin said, "We are here for two days until they clear the flight to go back to Europe due to the volcanic ash. I already got a room, care of the government, so it's all good."

Some troops are getting hotel rooms, some are staying with friends, and others are taking advantage of the USO lounge.

"We are here for those troops all over the country who get funneled in here," Airport Services Administrative Assistant Al  Grossberg told 9NEWS NOW. "Instead of having to walk the halls of the airports, we are here so they have a comfortable place to stay.  They can store their bags and take a light rail to the harbor from the airport here."

Written by Alex Trevino

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