Sandy strands east coast travelers in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Because of Superstorm Sandy, thousands of people are stranded nationwide, trying to get back to the east coast. One of those people is Alexander Ayer, who’s stuck right here in Utah, indefinitely.
Because of Superstorm Sandy, thousands of people are stranded nationwide, trying to get back to the east coast. One of those people is Alexander Ayer, who’s stuck right here in Utah, indefinitely.

Ayer’s life for the past few days has consisted of weather reports, checking flight information online and sitting on hold with Frontier Airlines.

“I’ve spent countless minutes hearing that annoying elevator music that they have,” Ayer said.

Ayer is a professional photographer from New York. He came to Utah last week to shoot a film and said he was clueless about the mega storm headed for the east coast.

“We were shooting in the salt flats and on the way back I got a phone call saying have you the storm, and I had no idea because we had been in national parks we’ve been anywhere but near our phones or computers or internet or television so,” he said.

Ayer got home, flipped on the tube, and quickly learned all about Sandy. Not long after, he got a call from Frontier Airlines telling him his Monday flight had been pushed to Tuesday, and then it got pushed to Thursday. He said he isn’t exactly optimistic about that flight either.

“I don’t really know, I’m booked on a flight for Thursday morning that’s through Chicago and then into LaGuardia but the person on the phone told me there’s a chance that will be cancelled too,” he said.

But Ayer’s story isn’t all bad, his friends and family back in New York are ok, his house wasn’t badly damaged, and he has a place to lay his head until he can get back home.

“You know I’m not waiting in some bad motel or sleeping on the floor at the airport so I’m definitely part of the lucky ones here,” he said.

He’s grateful, which makes him a lot more patient as he waits.

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