MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Power has been mostly restored at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after a power outage that lasted more than six hours caused hundreds of flight delays and cancellations.

MSP officials have not determined what caused the outage. The lights went out in concourses A, B, C and D in Terminal 1 at around 8 a.m. Saturday.

Emergency lights illuminated the concourse, restrooms were out of order and so were the moving sidewalks. A total of 63 gates were affected.

Delta Airlines was forced to cancel more than 250 flights that stuck many travelers in long lines as they waited for answers.

“No one is really telling us … the things we need to know to get things done,” said stranded traveler Mary Lempke.

For more than three hours, Lempke stood in line waiting for vouchers for a place to sleep and something to eat.

According to MSP officials, the power outage affected heating and cooling systems, which in turn affected restaurants, retail establishments and jet bridges.

Passengers had to be taken off arriving planes on the tarmac and bused to the terminal.

Some stranded travelers, like Peggy Gibbons and Gayle Corbett, made the most out of their wait.

“We’re going to the casino rather than the hotel they offered us because it will be more fun,” Gibbons said.

They figure a few games of blackjack is better than getting upset.

“You never know what is going to happen so you make the best of it,” Corbett said.

Delta Airlines did offer some of its passengers a night at a local hotel and a food voucher.

MSP officials say they expect about 500 people to sleep inside the terminal tonight.

Delta Airlines encourages its customers to check the status of their flights at its website before heading to the airport.

Comments (16)
  1. jan says:

    maybe it’s the “rapture” and the world will end today NOT!!!

  2. Jo says:

    Flights are only able to depart from the F and G concourses, so it’s more than “a few flights” that are delayed.

  3. tom says:

    why cant they keep the people on the aircraft for 8-10 hrs or so like they always do??

    1. Lee says:

      Where have you been? The last time I checked it’s now illegal to leave them onboard for more than 3 hrs. I take it from your response you don’t fly much…

  4. milligfunk says:

    My flight was supposed to land in Minneapolis a few minutes ago (9 a.m. departure from STL). We’re now scheduled for a noon departure from St. Louis. Good luck to everyone trying to travel to/from Minneapolis today.

  5. alex says:

    I work at the airport and its like a ghost town on the ramp… Curious as to how this is going to play out with the customers

  6. Jimmy says:

    Time to wake up “Dean the Janitor”!!

  7. Bob says:

    Would Delta airlines consider putting some realistic information on their website?

  8. gee says:

    we can thank MAC for this. thats what you get when you dont update the sirport like Detroit. thats all we need is to lose more flights to Detroit along with the jobs. thanks MAC!!!!!

    1. chris says:

      Just to clarify, there’s Detroit Airport and (cough) the then there is the City of Detroit

  9. Karen says:

    Why didn’t someone from Delta come around to let people know what was going on and what we, the passengers, were to do next???????????????????????

  10. Rusty shackelford says:

    Still waiting on my luggage from this debacle. delta was not represented well during this. Local employees were worthless and not very helpful

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