Early Morning Evacuation at Dallas Love Field Leads to Congestion and Delays

Dec 22, 2017

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One of the busiest holiday travel days of the year got off to a rocky start for Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL). Around 4:30am CT on Friday, the airport was evacuated when smoke was detected in the terminal.

In the aftermath of the evacuation, the City of Dallas confirmed that the cause of the smoke was an overheated air conditioning unit.

Following the brief evacuation, which lasted for only about 30 minutes, DAL said that airport operations were set to resume as normal. However, as travelers were soon to find out, the evacuation would cause some headaches. Videos posted on social media show the long lines and congested terminal.

According to the DAL Twitter page, passengers who have travel planned from the airport on Friday morning should give themselves 1.5 hours to get through the TSA security checkpoint.

The airport is facing residual delays as the result of the evacuation. FlightAware’s Misery Map shows that the airport is facing significant delays. So far on Friday, the airport has seen 43 delays and one cancellation.

If you’re traveling through DAL on Friday, be sure to check with your airline to see if your flight is encountering any delays.

Featured image by RJ Sangosti / Getty Images.

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