Nightly News   |  January 11, 2012

Flights forced to stop and refuel

Headwinds over the Atlantic have delayed thousands of passengers. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> nonstop flights in europe have been forced to stop for fuel in canada and other places because of unexpectedly strong west to east head winds blowing across the atlantic. this is happening to continental flights, most of all. it's now the world's largest airliner after merging with united. this is happening, in part, because they are putting smaller single-aisle 757s on some intercontinental routes. that stretches them to the limits of their range. they made 43 unscheduled stops on route to the u.s., without which they wouldn't have had enough fuel minimums in reserve onboard to land.