Airlines Question FAA Rules for Icy Takeoffs

The Federal Aviation Administration and the airlines have been at odds for two years about the protocols for taking off in storms that produce light ice pellets.


The United Parcel Service said its own research indicated that anti-icing fluids protect planes from ice pellet buildup for much longer than the 25 minutes suggested by the FAA.

"Obviously, everyone wants to be conservative," said UPS spokesman Mark Giuffre. "But," he added, "there are some forms of ice pellets and precipitation where we think there are operative conditions ... We still feel like there's more opportunity (to fly)."

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