Cancellations abound in Atlanta after a snowstorm grounds 800 flights; photo by nesnet/Flickr.com
By Lisa Cheng
There are multiple reasons for an airline to cancel a flight, including crew shortages, mechanical failures, air traffic control delays, runway closures and low visibility due to bad weather. Understandably, the resulting inconveniences - scrambling for new flights, interminable wait times, crowded airports - can frustrate even the most experienced traveler. But with a sizeable amount of patience and these practical tips, you can ride out a flight cancellation with a minimum amount of turbulence.