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An American Airlines 787 coated with snow at Chicago O'Hare (Photo: Greg Linton)

The Time-Consuming But Extremely Critical Process of Deicing Aircraft in the Winter

Just recently, Southwest Airlines had to cancel many flights out of Chicago Midway Airport due to cold weather and deicing constraints. As winter kicks into high gear, it is a given that deicing crews will be out there working hard to prevent delays and make sure passengers depart safely. While all parts of the aircraft are designed with the notion of achieving and maintaining flight, there are several areas of an airplane that are essential to flight. These areas include…