ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC)-Hundreds of people found themselves stranded at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Monday because of Hurricane Sandy.

Airlines at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport canceled nearly 293 flights on Monday headed to destinations along the East Coast, including Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Baltimore and other major cities. The airport has already cancelled 81 flights for Tuesday.

In the New York area, airports have shut down, stranding three metro Atlanta high school mock trial teams there competing this weekend in a world championship.

Teams from Jonesboro High School, Grady High School and the Atlanta International School are trapped in New York. Jonesboro High School finished in fourth place in the competition.

Delta Air Lines officials canceled all flights to the New York City area and limited flying to other East Coast areas.

Southwest Airlines has canceled 58 flights nationwide to the Atlantic region, and partner AirTran Airways has pulled 23 flights, according to airline officials.

AmTrak canceled most train travel in the Northeast starting Monday, and everything north of New York starting Sunday night at 7 p.m.

Many international flights were also effected with travelers trying to come to the United States or return home from abroad informed that their flights had been disrupted. Airlines report suspending flights into several East Coast cities from cities like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Tokyo.

Many airlines informed travelers that they would be able to change their flights schedules with no change fee if they were scheduled to fly on Monday or Tuesday. As of now, nearly 10,000 flights around the world have been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.


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