Peoria mother, kids stranded in Ohio after Southwest flight canceled

The household is touring greater than 50 hours on bus to get again to Arizona.

PHOENIX — What would have been a six-hour flight house become a greater than 50-hour bus experience to Arizona for one Peoria household after Southwest Airlines canceled their flight house.

Heather Lisey and her three kids had gone to go to household in Akron, Ohio per week earlier than Christmas. They had been scheduled to return house on December 24, however the airline canceled their flight and rebooked them with a brand new itinerary 4 days later.

Then on Wednesday, their flight was as soon as once more canceled, they usually had been placed on a Sunday flight. Lisey checked different airways however mentioned none had 4 seats out there.

“I made a last-minute decision to take a Greyhound bus instead,” Lisey mentioned. “It was going to cost me more than $1,000 to rent a car and drive, but I wanted something safer since it was only one driver and three kids.”

Lisey, her 9-year-old twins, and her 10-year-old daughter hit the highway Wednesday round midday.

Although they’ve needed to change buses a number of instances, Lisey mentioned her kids are making one of the best of the experience.

“The kids have been so adaptable, they’ve been so good,” she mentioned. “My son didn’t even have his medication this week because we couldn’t get it from our doctor. He has ADHD and he’s been amazing.”

Lisey spoke to 12News from their Amarillo, Texas cease, about 40 hours into their “adventure” as she known as it.

While on one of many buses, the household needed to sit other than one another. Lisey mentioned it was due to “several guardian angels” that her youngsters had been protected and entertained.

She mentioned a nurse in Ohio saved her son busy with films and gave all of them snacks. Another girl gave them considered one of her drinks and apple juice, because the merchandising machine at considered one of their stops didn’t work.

A pair sitting behind them, who can also be heading to Phoenix from Chicago due to Southwest Airline cancelations, she mentioned, has been additionally lending a hand.

“A lot of people on the bus, their flights were canceled as well,” Lisey mentioned. “They jumped on a Greyhound bus and pray to get home.”

While the journey has been “uncomfortable” and “hard to sleep” for Lisey’s son, the kids have loved views of windmills and cows alongside the way in which, they mentioned.

The household expects to finish their greater than 50-hour bus experience on Friday and arrive on the Phoenix Greyhound station round midday.

“It has been a lot of work, we’re exhausted,” Lisey mentioned. “But we’re not giving up, don’t give up until you find a solution and that’s what we did.”

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