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Winter Weather / Snowstorm / Airlines / Britain #963176

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 21, 2009
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The problems from the massive weekend snowstorm introduced.

(Reagan National Airport: Tom Costello) The impact of the storm on travel reviewed; scenes shown of highway accidents in Tennessee and on Interstate 95, snow in the Northeast, ice on Cape Cod, people sleeping in airports; details given about the shutdown of the government and schools in Washington, DC and the government’s new rules to limit the time passengers can be stranded on planes; statement from the Air Transport Assn. quoted. [Cape Cod MAN, travelers Jennifer BENZ†, Juanita ORTIZ‡– react.] [Passenger Link CHRISTIAN†- recalls being stranded on the tarmac in Rochester, Minnesota last summer.] [Transportation Secretary Ray LaHOOD†- comments on the airline rules.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) The headline of tomorrow’s “Daily Mail” about the snow in Europe shown.

(London: Stephanie Gosk) The suspension of the Eurostar trains linking London and Paris when a breakdown stranded trains in the tunnel under the English Channel featured; scenes shown from London’s St. Pancras station and passengers who were trapped on the trains; details given about an electrical failure caused by the weather. [Several TRAVELERS, college student Lauren PLITKINS†– react.] [Eurostar COO Nicolas PETROVIC†- comments on what happened.] Flight delays and cancellations noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Louisville: Janet Shamlian) The impact of the weather on holiday shipping and shopping featured; details given about the increase in online sales due to the weather and extended hours for Target and Toys R Us; statistics cited. [UPS Airlines president Robert LEKITES†- comments on rerouting flights.] [Comscore chairman Gian FULGONI†- notes retailers have been aggressive in putting deals on Twitter and Facebook.] [Storehouse Partners retail analyst Patty EDWARDS†- says we may see more discounting.] [SHOPPER – comments.]

Williams, Brian;
Costello, Tom;
Gosk, Stephanie;
Shamlian, Janet

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