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Air travel still clogged by hurricane Sandy, but some flights resume (+video)

With New York's airports closed and thousands of flights cancelled, it will take days for air travel to return to normal after hurricane Sandy. But precautions taken by airlines could ease the process.

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Hurricane Sandy largely grounded air travel in the nation's busiest air corridor, and it will take days for travelers to get their plans back on track.

Flooding means it's unclear when New York's LaGuardia Airport will reopen. But as the storm moves inland, limited air travel has resumed in the Northeast.

On Tuesday, for example, Alaska Airlines’ morning nonstop from Seattle to Boston was back in action, after being cancelled Monday. While en route, Flight 12 was actually scheduled to land at Boston's Logan Airport a few minutes early.

But many thousands of travelers who were still searching for ways to, from, or through East Coast airports, confronted the following realities:

• Sandy has resulted in over 18,100 flight cancellations so far, including nearly 8,000 on Monday and more than 7,000 on Tuesday.

• The major New York City area airports remain closed with no estimated reopen time.

• Airports in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Boston were open but operating with limited flights.

• Passengers are reporting wait times of several hours at most airline call centers.

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