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Aug 29, 2011 8:18 PM by Trovette Tottress

Airlines slowly bringing back service in the East

UNDATED (AP) - It's still going to take several days to get hundreds of thousands of stranded travelers to their destinations in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

Airports in New York, Boston and Philadelphia are bustling again today after being closed for at least part of the weekend. Nearly 12,000 flights were grounded over the weekend. And according to the flight tracking service FlightAware, more than 1,600 other flights were canceled today.

The week before Labor Day is a busy one for airlines, and they're struggling to cram stranded travelers onto planes that are already packed. Overnight, ground crews worked to get planes ready, as extra pilots were called into action. One US Airways flight attendant says it will be a "trying" couple of days, as crews encounter a lot of travelers who've been camped out in airports since the weekend. As for rail travel, some tracks in New Jersey used by Amtrak and commuter trains are still flooded. Amtrak says it's not clear when service will return between Philadelphia and Boston.

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