Saturday, February 17, 2007

Sheena's Travel Tips #7

Be flexible with travel schedules during the unpredictable winter weather months. CNN Reporting flight delays and cancellations due to cold weather affecting airplane windshields at Denver International.

Sheena can verify these reports, having very recently herself observed an airplane with a crack in the window.

SkyWest Airlines reported cracked windshields on eight planes that were taking off or landing Friday as winds gusted up to 50 mph, spokeswoman Marissa Snow said. One plane's windshield cracked while it was airborne.
"Only the outermost layer was affected," Snow said of the windshields, which are made from multiple layers of glass.
SkyWest, a regional carrier for United Airlines, said the planes involved were the Embraer EMB120 Brasilia and Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet, though she did not immediately have numbers.

Two Frontier Airlines Airbus planes had their windshields crack while airborne, while two other windshields cracked while at the gate, airline spokesman Joe Hodas said.

In all instances the planes returned to the airport and/or made it to the gate safely. No emergencies were declared and no injuries were reported.

Hodas said it was unclear whether the high winds were to blame.

Sheena has no further information on how high winds may have exacerbated the situation.


At 4:16 PM, Blogger whitenoise said...

Silly Sheena, windshields don't crack from high winds, they crack from pilots banging their heads against them. As in;
"D'oh! They just cut my pay again." Crack.
"Crap! We're merging again!" Crack.
"Rats. My wife left me and that hot-looking F/A back there just shot me down again." Crack.

I hope this clears up any confusion.

At 4:22 PM, Blogger tkkerouac said...

Thats a huge crack, where have you been Whitenoise?

At 5:34 PM, Blogger whitenoise said...

working... someone's gotta earn a living around here!

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

Ah, the return of Jet Age glamour to flying.


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