Electrical short leads to power outage at IAH's Terminal B


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on December 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 11:40 PM

HOUSTON – An electrical short has left Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport without power Sunday, according to the Houston Fire Department.

Fire officials said that firefighters responded to the scene after smoke was found in the terminal. When firefighters arrived, they found no visible fire, just smoke. No injuries were reported.

A malfunctioning transformer vault was said to be the source of the electrical short, fire officials said.

Airport officials said the electrical issues are affecting the ticketing lobby, upper U ramp for drop-offs, baggage claim and underground interterminal train.

All customers scheduled to travel through Terminal B are being redirected to Terminal C or E. They should also check in at the United ticketing counter in Terminal C instead.

Terminal B is home to United Airlines regional fleet.

CenterPoint Energy has replaced the transformer, and power is expected to be restored by 1 a.m.

United said they have cancelled all flights coming into IAH and are offering hotel vouchers to stranded travelers.

For questions regarding your United Airlines flight, please contact United Airlines at 800-864-8331; www.united.com; Twitter - @united.