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Power Restored To National Airport

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A power outage at Reagan National Airport Monday caused delays, long lines, and several cancellations.
Patrick Madden
A power outage at Reagan National Airport Monday caused delays, long lines, and several cancellations.

By Patrick Madden

Here in Terminal C, the lights are back on, and the x-ray machines are once again working. And in the distance, planes taking off every thirty or so seconds.

But that's little comfort to some travelers here, like Vicky Laura.

"Got up to the checkin [counter],' they couldn't find my ticket," says Laura. "And then they found out the flight was canceled," she says. "They didn't say why."

What happened, according to Tara Hamilton with the airport's authority, is that there was a failure at an electrical substation, triggering a giant circuit breaker.

"So for about an hour we lost power to our ticket counters, to the security screening check points and the baggage belts," says Hamilton.

The cause of the failure is still unknown.

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