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New York: Airline chaos

18 March 2007

Airlines unable to fly because of problems with deicing equipment during a winter storm left hundreds of passengers stranded on jets overnight at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The exact number of planes stuck on the tarmac Friday night and Saturday morning was unclear, but irate passengers and airport officials said as many as a dozen may have been involved.

Pilots and officials blamed some of the problems on a shortage of deicing fluid and a new federal regulation giving pilots a narrow window to get their planes in the air once the chemicals are applied. The change has meant some jets need to get doused repeatedly if their takeoffs are delayed.

source: The New York Sun

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