Power restored after hours-long outage at Bradley International Airport


Power has been restored to Bradley International Airport after an hours-long outage left hundreds of people in the dark early Monday morning. 

Our sister station WTNH, confirmed with Troop W at the Connecticut State Police power went out around 3 a.m. Power came back on briefly around 5 a.m., but quickly went out again. 

Power was restored for the final time around 7 a.m. Inbound road access to the airport was closed until about 9 a.m. but has re-opened. 

“Right when we walked in the door, we saw there was no power,” said Rich Brown of Waterbury, CT.

Bradley’s Marketing Manager Alisa Sisic told 22News that the airport gets it’s power from a cogeneration facility normally, and also has a direct line to an Eversource feed as a backup. 

However, both the main power source and the Eversource line had issues on Monday. A generator was activated, but it only supplied power to what Sisic called “life safety systems.”

“It’s frustrating right now,” said Denzel Townsend of Jamaica.

The outage brought down phone lines, computer systems, and the TSA security equipment, resulting in these massive lines. 

“We’re not sure what to do,” said one resident. “We are just waiting here like everybody else.”

Travelers told 22News they waiting or more than 3 hours in these lines, without knowing what was going on. 

“It’s a total zoo,” Karen Copeland told 22News. “We got no notice from the airline that there was any delay, any problem or anything.”

The access road getting to Bradley was also shut down during the outage. Travelers said they were forced to walk with their luggage, just to wait in line when they arrived.

“It’s kind of chaotic,” Mike Daniels said. “Some people are stranded, they get dropped off here and have no way of getting out of here.”

There were big crowds and long lines at the airport due to the early morning outage. TSA screening, however, has fully resumed.

Bradley is recommending those scheduled to travel Monday morning contact their airline to ask about the status of their flight. Passengers can also tweet their flight number to @BDLflightinfo for personalized updates.

You can also check the status of incoming and departing flights using our WWLP.com Flight Tracker.

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