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Flight cancellations mount for 2nd straight day, how long will it go on for?

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posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 11:51 AM
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The massive storm pushed into the Northeast early Wednesday after plowing through the Midwest on Tuesday. Chicago received up to 19.5 inches of snow with more still possible.
Spots in northern New York already had gotten more than a foot of snow by Wednesday morning. New York City was expected to get up to three-quarters of an inch of ice by midday before the mix of sleet and freezing rain changes to rain.
On Tuesday, nearly 7,000 flights were cancelled because of weather. Cancelling before the storm hits also prevents an aircraft from being stranded at a socked-in airport when it could be flying passengers in a part of the country with better weather. And pilots and flight attendants are under strict rules that limit their work days. The clock starts when they get to the airport, whether or not planes are cleared for take off. A crew on a delayed flight could "time out" and go home before the plane gets off the ground.
Apparently the airports didn't get 24 hours of weather reports.




posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 12:09 PM
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This isn't the first group of planes to be grounded this year, the first set was during the storm that covered 49 of the 50 states. Should not people be happy with the fact that there are less planes flying? That does mean less fuel being used. That means less chem trails. That means less air pollution in general. People may be stranded in different airports, but at least they are warm, being fed, and have a place to sleep. With the number of places without power, the people that are stranded are luckier than the rest.
edit on 2-2-2011 by Attrei because: spelling and wording edit.



posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 12:40 PM
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Originally posted by Attrei
This isn't the first group of planes to be grounded this year, the first set was during the storm that covered 49 of the 50 states. Should not people be happy with the fact that there are less planes flying? That does mean less fuel being used. That means less chem trails. That means less air pollution in general. People may be stranded in different airports, but at least they are warm, being fed, and have a place to sleep. With the number of places without power, the people that are stranded are luckier than the rest.
edit on 2-2-2011 by Attrei because: spelling and wording edit.

This is a balanced argument realy isnt it? It is less polution to the earth and, the children are happy, with all that snow!



posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 01:03 PM
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Originally posted by oibena

This is a balanced argument realy isnt it? It is less polution to the earth and, the children are happy, with all that snow!


I would personally enjoy all that snow. I would love to go sledding again this year.



posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 01:27 PM
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"go home"???


The clock starts when they get to the airport, whether or not planes are cleared for take off. A crew on a delayed flight could "time out" and go home before the plane gets off the ground.


Guess you don't understand the airline business well....

First, that "clock start"? Well, for domestic trips, that "clock" can be as long as 16 hours. (18 1/2 for certain International operations).

Second....what makes you think the flight crews are "home", when stuck at the airport?? Not only can it be so bad, that EVEN IF they are at the airport in the city where they actually live, can still be stuck.

But, usually, are middle of the trip, so are on a layover in a city other than their place of residence. Crew Scheduling generally will keep you @ the hotel (because, according to the "rules", you're still "resting")..until they have a plan, from Flight Ops, to conduct one of the flights. Miscommunications abound, though. . . . gets very complex. Also, considering that in terms of pilots, aren't cross-trained on multiple equipment types.

Anyway...."How long will it go on for"? Until the weather improves, and airlines can begin to shift their assets (crews and airplanes) into positions to pick up the routine day-to-day schedules again. Yet another reason to keep crews in the hotels ("rested"), and, of course, utilize all the others who are on scheduled Stndby (in those cases, AT home domicile base). It's called being on "Reserve", and usually it is a little slice of Hell for airline crewmembers. Roles destined for the most junior in seniority, mostly. IF some airlanes are available, say just out of maintenance, AND extra crews available, then they can operate "extra sections", as they're called....to take care of the passenger back logs.....

Lastly.....the trick of "cold calling" crewmembers at home, on days off. Then, they can be involuntarily "drafted"....only outlet there is to claim sick....(or, as has happened nowadays, wise up to Caller ID, don't answer the phone. OR as many do, have a second phone line, and ONLY Crew Scheduling has that number, so only ones to ever call it....) Tricks we play....



posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 01:40 PM
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Originally posted by weedwhacker
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"go home"???


The clock starts when they get to the airport, whether or not planes are cleared for take off. A crew on a delayed flight could "time out" and go home before the plane gets off the ground.


Guess you don't understand the airline business well....

First, that "clock start"? Well, for domestic trips, that "clock" can be as long as 16 hours. (18 1/2 for certain International operations).

Second....what makes you think the flight crews are "home", when stuck at the airport?? Not only can it be so bad, that EVEN IF they are at the airport in the city where they actually live, can still be stuck.



Thank you for the corrections
edit on 2-2-2011 by oibena because: Put sentence in the quote thingy



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