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Airlines resorting to 'extraordinary measures' to protect airport workers in extreme cold

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Southwest Airlines is doling out industrial-grade coats, gloves and face masks and canceling curbside check-in at Chicago's Midway International Airport. Across town at O'Hare International Airport, American Airlines set up a mini command center Tuesday and on Wednesday will deliver hand warmers and extra gloves, hot chocolate, coffee and tea to baggage handlers and other outside workers United is adding temporary heated shelters and bringing ramp workers to Chicago from other cities… (www.msn.com) More...

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jbsimms
James Simms 2
On the other hand, airmen serviced B-24’s, other aircraft out in the open during WW2 in Alaska and the years afterward w/B-36’s during the dead of Winter. Probably did the same w/B-52’s, KC-135’s, B-1’s @ northern tier Air Force Bases.
Lib4ever
Maxwell Johnson 6
Yes, and I flew a de Havilland twin otter in and out of Yellowknife several times in the dead of winter. But I, like the airmen you cite, had arctic weather gear suited to the climate. I'm not sure just what point you are trying to make.
Hirouchida
Hirouchida 1
Nice shout out to FlightAware in the story.
vdi74
James T -7
"Global Cooling" in action...
amiablebird
Ed Merriam 3
"snow?! in JANUARY?!"
canuck44
canuck44 1
You will be taken to the pc woodshed for inappropriate terminology dating back to 20 years.. Even though you are probably correct we have to call it "Climate Change" permitting poockets to be picked under all circumstances.
scott8733
scott8733 6
One thing's for sure......no stories this week in places like MSP, ORD, MDW, or DTW having had rampers fall asleep in the cargo holds.

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