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Big Hearts: Abilene Regional Airport turns nightmare into sweet dreams

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - The baggage claim at the Abilene Regional aiport is where passengers hope to be reunited with their luggage after their flights. But, for the Permian High School band members, it turned into their home away from home.

"I got a call about 2 am that we had a diverted chartered airplane that had the students from Permian High School on board, about 156 passengers," says Don Green, Director of Transportation Services. 

It was initially weather that diverted their plane twice before another travel obstacle, "The flight crew timed out. They did not have enough crew time to wait out the storm," adds Green. 

As a result, the stranded students were also forced to stay put until buses could make their way to Abilene to bring them back home. The Abilene Regional Airport staff set out cots donated by the Red Cross to offer the passengers a place to sleep. Abilene Aero and Abilene Police teamed up to deliver food for Abilene's overnight guests. 

Green says, "We try to make them as comfortable as possible."

The Abilene hospitality was well-received by the group. The band members expressed their gratitude on social media. 

Green credits the team building throughout the year for making stressful situations less stresful, "That makes everyone have the willingness to help and participate when we have an event like that. "

This is not the first time Abilene Regional Airport and other groups in the key city have worked together to accomodate passengers who find themselves delayed in Abilene. 

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