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“Finally boarding!!”



Emily Rella

Hundreds of cancelations plagued LGA on Thursday

It was the text I sent to my friends after finally boarding my flight around 3:02 p.m., which was originally scheduled for a 12:55 p.m. departure. Technically, it was the second flight I was supposed to be on — the first was a 9:30 a.m. flight to Washington, D.C., (DCA) but canceled without explanation about two hours before the scheduled departure.

I let out a sigh of relief as I buckled into my Delta flight and prepared for a very delayed takeoff just happy that I would make it to our nation’s capital before dark.

(Narrator: She would not, in fact, make it before dark.)

My flight was one of the 1,000 flight disruptions — including over 600 cancelations — at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Thursday due to inclement weather, staffing shortages and pilot strikes among airlines. Many, including myself, faced hours-long wait times in terminals and on the tarmacs, which led to overcrowded runways and waiting areas.

I noticed it was taking an abnormally long amount of time for the plane to taxi but chalked it up to a crowded runway, which is exactly what we were initially told — congestion caused by inbound and outbound delays at the airport.

Planes backed up on the runway.

About an hour and a half had passed. Congestion issues became weather issues and another 40 minutes passed. Morale was low, but one singular biscotti cookie gave me enough sustenance and sanity to not lose my composure. When words fail, snacks do, in fact, speak.

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We were then told DCA was at a ground stop (meaning no more planes could land on the tarmac there) and that it would be an indeterminate amount of time until we would be leaving, and we were then permitted to unbuckle our seatbelts and turn our cell phone services back on.

After four hours on the tarmac (30 due to congestion on the runway), we returned to the gate where we were told to “figure out our future travel plans.”

Translation: Wait in a 150+ person long line at the Delta help desk which took, from the time I exited the aircraft and walked to the back of the line to the time I saw an agent at the desk, approximately three more hours.

The long line to get to customer service. The wait was about 1.5 hours from this point onward.

Thankfully, I was able to make two new friends named Lauren and Ruth who helped me laugh through the seemingly never-ending waiting period, both of whom were not based in New York and were now stranded in the city.

Pro-tip: In times of need, your best ally may just be the stranger in the seat in front of you.

I returned home after over 14 hours at the airport, around midnight, defeated, and cried into an order of McNuggets.

FlightAware estimated that there were a total of 505 delayed flights Thursday at LaGuardia, coupled with 454 canceled flights. This made for a crowded LGA.

Two New York passengers, Patrick and Riley, were delayed on the tarmac for hours after being told that there were a whopping 57 planes in front of them waiting to take off.

As of late Friday afternoon around 4 p.m., there were another 249 reported flights delayed and 219 cancellations.

Look at all that red!

“We know spending additional time onboard your flight waiting to depart from New York, followed by a subsequent gate return and cancellation isn’t what you planned today,” Delta wrote in an email to me early Friday morning. “Inclement weather, ATC constraints and taxi congestion prevented us from operating as planned. Though we can’t control the weather we are conscience of the fact that this makes for a disappointing travel experience. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience this caused.”

Staffing shortages could also be to blame.

Earlier this season, airlines had warned of summertime cancelations and a lower volume of flights.

New Yorker Abigail Dowd was flying home to LGA from Savannah, Georgia on Friday when she learned that her 1:21 PM flight had been canceled.

“My sister texted me at 8:24 this morning and asked for my flight information,” Dowd said. “I opened the Delta app to send her a screenshot of my ticket and said this.”

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“I immediately panicked,” she said. “I checked my email: nothing. No reroute or rebooking from Delta … Normally, they give you the option for a callback, that wasn’t offered.”

Dowd eventually had to rebook a new flight on JetBlue in hopes of making it back to LGA on the same day, noting that most flights were already fully booked.

“I honestly cannot even belive I even made it out today,” she admitted. “Even if you looked up other cities and/or connections, everything was booked.”

Delta pilots also released an open letter to passengers lamenting the state of flying and explaining that the shortage of pilots has been taking a toll on the experience as a whole.

“We have been working on our days off, flying a record amount of overtime to help you get to your destination,” the letter reads. “At the current rate, by this fall, our pilots will have flown more overtime in 2022 than in the entirety of 2018 and 2019 combined, our busiest years to date.

Delta had previously warned that they would be canceling about 100 flights a day in July and August due to a lack of staffing, following in the footsteps of Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways which have planned to cut their flight schedules this summer.

One Spirit Airlines traveler, Ben Utley, was leaving LGA to go to Myrtle Beach.

“I was on a 6:55 a.m. flight, we were not communicated to about any delay right up until it was supposed to take off, they had us lined up and then pushed the flight to 10 a.m.,” he said. “Once we boarded, we sat on the runway for 1.5 hours and then they proceeded to tell us we would be flying west to fly east to avoid a storm surge and would prolong our short flight by an hour.”

Entrepreneur reached out the Port Authority, which runs LaGuardia Airport. They did not provide any further comment on the matter.

It’s estimated that the U.S. oversees 2 million air travelers a day domestically, with disruptions becoming more common lately as air travel begins to re reach pre-pandemic levels.

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Rezonate, a Boston- and Tel Aviv-based startup that offers an agent-less cloud identity protection platform that aims to help DevOps teams minimize attackers’ opportunities to breach cloud identity and access, is coming out of stealth today and announcing an $8.7 million seed funding round, led by State of Mind Ventures and Flybridge, with participation from toDay Ventures, Merlin Ventures and a number of angel investors.

Founded in January 2022, Rezonate is part of a group of modern identity and access management (IAM) startups that aim to modernize the current state of affairs in this space, which is struggling to meet the demands of modern cloud infrastructure systems. This shift is creating new attack surfaces, especially as enterprises move to the cloud — and more dynamic infrastructure systems — at an ever-increasing rate. The number of security breaches stemming from issues with identity and access management is already on the rise. Indeed, Gartner expects that by 2023, “75% of security failures will result from inadequate management of identities, access, and privileges.”

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Co-founder and CEO Roy Akerman was previously the head of the Israeli Cyberdefense Operations, while Rezonate co-founder and CTO Ori Amiga previously led R&D for this unit. Both received the Medal of Honor for their contributions to Israel’s National Security.

“The rapidly-changing cloudscape together with the proliferation of human and machine identities requires a different approach,” said Akerman. “Modern infrastructures require a precise and nimble way to outsmart attackers. One that prioritizes cloud identities and access at its core and is constantly adapting to current dynamics over yesterday’s snapshots and, for the first time, gives defenders and builders the means to act confidently.”

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Rezonate promises to discover all of a company’s cloud and identity providers and the corresponding access privileges of its employees. The platform automatically detects security gaps and abnormal access attempts in real time. Rezonate promises that within minutes of deploying its solution, its platform can identify cloud identity and access risks and provide guidance for remediating them, or even automatically remove access and terminate sessions.

At the core of all of this is what Rezonate calls its ‘Identity Storyline,’ which aims to provide DevOps and security teams with a context-rich dashboard that helps them understand the security risk across a company’s cloud estate. With this, users get an easy-to-read dashboard that clearly lays out what kind of access every user has — and where there are potential issues.

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“The fact that in just ten months from our first line of code we already have active customers, solving key gaps daily, affirms the criticality of the cloud identity and access issue. In a cloud world where everything is changing all of the time, DevOps teams need a solution as dynamic and automated as the infrastructure they need to protect is,” said Amiga.

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Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day:

1. Rough start

Stocks got off on the wrong foot this week with an ugly selloff Monday as investors weighed strong new economic data that stoked worries of sustained rate hikes from the Federal Reserve. The Dow dropped more than 480 points, while the S&P 500 declined 1.79% and the Nasdaq fell 1.93%. When it meets next week, the Fed’s policy-setting committee is expected to raise its benchmark rate by half a percentage point, which is less than the three-quarter-point hikes of the past few months but still sizable. Smith & Wesson and Stitch Fix earnings are set to hit after the bell Tuesday. Read live market updates here.

2. Salesforce slumps

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3. Most Ford dealers sign up for EV plan

4. Biden touts Arizona chip investment

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5. Russia ratchets up missile attacks

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