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Throwback Thursday: Braniff’s last day

Passengers try to gain knowledge of what happens next at DFW Airport.
Passengers try to gain knowledge of what happens next at DFW Airport. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Thirty-four years ago, Braniff International stopped flying out of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

“Passengers angry; employees puzzled” was one of the headlines on the Star-Telegram’s front page, describing the chaos at DFW Airport following Braniff’s decision to cease operations on May 12, 1982.

This photo ran with the articles that described passengers who were trying to find their luggage and get booked on flights on other airlines so they wouldn’t be stranded in North Texas.

“I was on the plane, at the rear of the plane, for at least an hour on the ground,” said passenger Jim Skiles who was trying to get back to Houston. “I understand they went down. I’m just glad they went down while we were on the ground, not while we were in the air.”

Here’s a look at some of the Star-Telegram’s coverage from that day.

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