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AC restored at Hobby airport after several hours of heat

'Toasty in the terminal:' The outage had prompted staff to deploy fans and hand out water inside the terminals as passengers navigate uncomfortable conditions.

HOUSTON — An air conditioning outage at Hobby Airport has been resolved as of 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, airport officials tell KHOU 11. The issues started at 7:30 a.m.

The outage prompted airport staff to deploy fans and bottled water giveaways as temperatures inside the terminals hovered beyond the uncomfortable.

"We are sorry about this," Hobby representatives tweeted in response to one passenger. "Our technicians are working on this to resolve the problem as soon as possible."

The HVAC system was not keeping up with demand, airport officials said.

Officials told KHOU 11 the airport had similar issues on Friday.

“Yesterday, it started in the hours of the afternoon," Hobby Airport spokesperson Augusto Bernal told KHOU 11. "Everything was resolved late afternoon.”

There's been no disruption to arrivals and departures as temperatures outside soared into the lower 90s Saturday.

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Air blowers were deployed and personnel handed out water beyond the TSA checkpoints since passengers aren't allowed to carry liquids through the screening area.

"It's been dreadful. It's Hot. I've been here since 5:20. I fell asleep in the heat and I woke up drenched in sweat," one traveler told KHOU 11.

Bernal said the elevated temperatures are a result of issues they’ve had with the chillers within the air conditioning system. 

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