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PLANES GROUNDED FOR SECOND DAY

Airline Flights Remain Grounded At Gulfport-Biloxi

The vast majority of airline flights remain grounded Wednesday.

 The FAA is allowing those flights that were diverted by the attacks to finish their journeys, but all other commercial air travel remains on hold. And that made for a relatively quiet day at Gulfport-Biloxi International airport .

Tow trucks kept busy at Gulfport-Biloxi International airport this "day after." Keeping all parked cars at least 300 feet away from the terminal is among the new security orders from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Inside the airport, supervisors briefed security guards about new passenger checkpoint procedures. By mid morning, the airport was prepared to handle flights.

"That is our goal, to operate at efficiently as we can and to get things back to normal. However, I do feel normality is going to be something we won't see for awhile," said airport operations manager Ken Spirito.

Cheri and Tony Catanese learned that lesson quickly. The West Virgina couple tried to make flight connections home, with no luck.

"It would have cost us too much to drive back. We were quoted one price of $226 a day to rent a car. So, we decided to try our luck at the airport here, we had our tickets already," Tony Catanese said.

Robin Dupree found acceptable travel arrangements at the rental car counter. She flew to the coast on business and was supposed to fly back, but got stranded. A rental car suits her just fine.

"Because I'm really afraid to fly now. I just decided to drive. It's about a seven hour drive for us."

Travelers we talked with admit they are frustrated and inconvenienced. But they also tell us, given the events that grounded all air traffic, a change in their travel plans is really not that big a deal.

"As mad as I get about this, you think you're glad you weren't in that building or on one of those planes that was hijacked. So, you've got to be thankful for that. Big inconvenience, but it could be worse," said Barron Brandon of Atlanta.

By Steve Phillips

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