Volcanic ash stranded at least 5,000 travelers Sunday night and early Monday morning when a shift in the wind moved a giant ash plume into flight routes, causing Alaska Airlines to cancel 44 flights into and out of Alaska.
"The entire state is unflyable," Alaska Airlines staff told passengers at Seattle's airport Sunday, according to Chelsea Harms, an Anchorage woman who was booked on Flight 111 to Anchorage.
Alaska would add flights to try to accommodate the stranded passengers, according to Caroline Boren, Alaska Airlines spokeswoman.
Boren said Continental, Delta and United had cancelled some flights.
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