Marine Sleeps At Airport When Bad Weather Prevents Trip Home

Dozens of flights out of our three local airports were cancelled due to the weather this week.

The Pitt Greenville Airport is back to normal operations as of Thursday afternoon, but the Jacksonville airport is still closed.

New Bern's airport was hopeful to get flights out by Thursday night.

WITN spoke to a local marine from Camp Johnson who is really hoping to get home.

Private First Class Derek Stiles has order to Japan on February 6th. Stiles had a flight on Tuesday so he could visit his family and fiance before two years of service in Okinowa.

As the bad weather stormed into New Bern, his hopes of flying home were grounded. All flights Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday, and most flights Thursday were cancelled.

Stiles was stuck with no where to go. Airport Director, and Retired Major General, Tom Braaten kept an open door for the young marine, and allowed him to sleep in the airport conference room.

"He could've easily turned me away and said no, we're closing the airport for the night or there is no where for you to stay," said Stiles. "He could have sent me over to a hotel or something, but out of the niceness of his heart he was kind enough to let me stay here so I tip my hat to him."

There was a flight scheduled to leave out of New Bern Thursday night and Stiles hoped to be on board.

As of 8 p.m., the flight was cancelled. We're told the next flight out of New Bern will be Friday.

The Jacksonville Airport says their next flights should go out around 11 Friday morning.


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