Monday, September 15, 2008

Houston Airports Resume Some Operations

No outsiders should be traveling in Houston unless it's absolutely necessary. I'm hearing from people that conditions in the Houston region are worse than generally assumed, especially given the widespread power outages and the heat and humidity.

The city has imposed an overnight curfew -- 9 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- all week.

But according to the Houston Airport System, which operates Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports, you can drive to or from the airports if you have "proof of travel plans."

Bad bureaucratic language survives any natural disaster, but I'm guessing that "proof of travel plans" means a printed airline ticket receipt or boarding pass. And hey, good luck there, given that there's no electricity in most of the area.

Here's the statement from the airport authority, and the cap italics are mine:

“Starting Monday, Sept. 15, some airlines will resume flights into and out of Houston at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).

Air travelers are advised to arrive at the airport for their flight at least two hours before the scheduled departure. While the City of Houston has issued a curfew—ANYONE WHO HAS A CONFIRMED AIRLINE SEAT NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE PROOF OF TRAVEL PLANS IF THEY ARE DRIVING ON HOUSTON ROADS after 9:00 p.m. or before 6:00 a.m. as they are traveling to and from one of Houston’s airports. Airport employees who drive to and from the airports will need to provide a photo ID if they are traveling during the curfew hours.

Due to the fact that some airlines are resuming flights and others are waiting until Tuesday, Sept. 16, it is very important that customers confirm travel plans with their individual airline prior to going to the airport.

Flooding still exists on some roads and recent rain since Hurricane Ike has caused additional flooding. Travelers are advised to allow extra time on their way to the airports to safely navigate the access roads.

Air travelers may also check flight schedule changes with the Houston Airport System flight tracking information line at 281-230-7000 or


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