Disney vacation delayed after Chicago airspace closure

Posted at 9:08 PM, Sep 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-26 22:39:21-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A major headache for travelers across the country - and in West Michigan, at Gerald R. Ford and Kalamazoo International airports Friday.
Both had dozens of flights cancelled after authorities say a disgruntled employee used gasoline to start the fire in an FAA building in Aurora, Illinois - closing Chicago airspace.
Operations were back to normal Friday afternoon, but the damage done to travel plans will take days to sort out.
Six-year-old Addison Rodenhouse’s flight was cancelled at Ford Airport, forcing her to miss a day at Disney World.
She says she’s been looking forward to the trip for “a lot of days.”
T.J. Dushane’s family is traveling with Addison’s family. They’ve all been keeping the trip a secret from his youngest son as a surprise. He says he hopes the extra day of travel won’t ruin it.
The families are working together to get all eight of them to Florida, putting a bit of a strain on their big Disney secret and - Addison’s dad's wallet.
“The airlines are not offering to pay for any of the costs, so that’s pretty disappointing,” Andy Rodenhouse said.
They’re having to foot the bill for a hotel wherever they’re able to get a flight connection, while their hotel at Disney sits empty - and their prepaid non-refundable park tickets go unused.
“It would be boring because we don’t get to play on the rides,” Addison said.
But the Dushane-Rodenhouse clan is determined to stay positive and dream of finally arriving at the magical kingdom on Sunday.
Flights are expected to be impacted for the next few days. If you have an upcoming flight, airlines are asking you check the status, because it may have been rescheduled.