Gov. Walker Spends Night On Denver Airport Floor

MILWAUKEE (CBS) — Wisconsin’s governor was among hundreds of people who spent the night at Denver’s main airport because of a hail storm.

Gov. Scott Walker tweeted Thursday that he was headed to a National Governors Association meeting in Salt Lake City when he got stuck at Denver International Airport Wednesday night. Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale says the storm damaged about 40 planes and caused at least 80 cancellations and several delays. She says about 1,000 people had to spend the night in the airport.

Hail nearly an inch in diameter fell at the airport for about 15 minutes, according to the FAA.

Walker tweeted that security recommended he stay in a conference room, where he says he slept on the floor, after airport staff got him a blanket and pillow.

The governor tweeted that he wasn’t able to change clothes for 28 hours.

Another 20 flights or so were canceled, as of 8:15 a.m. Thursday, with more possible later in the day, according to Frontier Airlines spokesman Peter Kowalchuk.

He said even though the damage to the planes was just denting, due to hail, all planes cannot fly until they are fully inspected, according to flight regulations.

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