Sunday, November 12, 2006

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a cancelled flight…

Airports take all sorts of steps to deter birds from crossing airplane flight patterns, from displaying plastic owls to experimenting with high-pitched sound deterrence. Inevitably, though, a bird strikes a plane or gets sucked into a jet engine. The planes fare better than the birds, but after each collision planes must be inspected and in some cases repaired. A friend of mine missed his flight from Dulles to Roanoke recently because of once such plane-bird collision. Unlike many other cancellations, though, airlines won’t pick up the cost of meals or a hotel stay for flights cancelled by a bird strike. It’s instead dismissed as an “environmental hazard.”

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