Orlando International Airport has been suffering from a series of issues with its complementary tram line that has left many travelers frustrated and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority scrambling to fix the issues before anyone is hurt. According to Frank Kruppenbacher, the board chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Orlando International Airport’s tram system malfunctioned on Monday while it was traveling between Airside 3 and the airport’s main terminal.
At the time of the incident there were no passengers aboard the motionless tram, which is fortunate seeing as how the issue lasted for close to an hour before technicians were able to get the tram up and running once again. Regardless, the delay of the tram ultimately caused problems for individuals traveling along American, Spirit, and United airlines as ticketed passengers were unable to take the shuttle to or from gates 1-59.
While passengers looked for other transportation options, the busses that run along similar routes to the tram were swamped with over 500 individuals looking to travel to their terminal and gate. As a result of this chaotic scenario, hundreds of ticketed passengers had their travels interrupted and more than three dozen individuals were forced to miss their flight entirely.
Greater Orlando Aviation Authorities are now working to smooth over the scrutiny that has been leveled on them since the incident, including fears from passengers that they might become trapped in an erratic shuttle and be forced to miss their flight. Even more frightening is the prospect of being trapped inside a shuttle and experiencing a medical emergency. Much like an elevator, the confining spaces of a shuttle could easily cause some more sensitive riders to experience adverse health effects.
Frank Kruppenbacher has stepped up to indicate that the airport is doing everything in their power to ensure that this does not become an issue once again. These words, while important, lose some momentum when we recall that this is the fourth time that Orlando International Airport trams have malfunctioned over the past five days. Kruppenbacher places the blame for this situation on the shoulders of Mitsubishi, the tram’s manufacturer.
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