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SF Bay Fog Delays, Diverts Flights

December 28, 1998

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The San Francisco Bay was socked in with heavy fog that left the airport full of cranky post-Christmas travelers.

Visibility dropped to as low as 100 feet at San Francisco Airport on Sunday night. The murk was so dense at Palo Alto that rescuers had to use sirens and air horns to guide three lost duck hunters to shore.

At the airport, passengers stood in lines that stretched more than 1,000 feet.

``These stupid monitors give you outdated information,″ said Nick Contreras of Los Angeles as he tried to get home Sunday night. ``I wish they just told everyone `no flights’ and then helped us from there.″

``Quote me. This stinks,″ said Wally Hartmann of Seattle.

Before the fog began lifting Monday morning, about 30 United Airlines flights with some 3,100 passengers were diverted to the Reno-Tahoe airport in Nevada.

Reno’s two largest cab companies sent 50 cabs to the Bay area, a 220-mile trip with a fare of about $360. And all of rental cars at the Reno airport were booked Monday morning.

Some San Francisco-bound flights were diverted to Sacramento, where passengers were put on buses to finish their trips, and to Monterey. Many flights to and from Oakland and San Jose also were canceled.

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