European Travel Chaos
London Heathrow has thousands upon thousands of people sleeping rough in the terminal buildings waiting for flights that may not happen for days yet. They are not even letting any more people come in to some of the terminals there.
Similar problems with closed airports/numeorus flight cancellations in Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt among others. What an awful way to spend Christmas! So many people either trying to get home to be with their friends or family, or others trying to get away for a holiday are finding their plans ruined.
It's easy to say that these palces should be more prepared, and of course they should. Under-runway heating, and a larger stockpile of de-icer and grit, and more snow ploughs surely "isn't beyond the wit of man" as London Mayor Boris Johnson put it yesterday.
The problem as compared to colder places such as Canada is of course that this doesn't happen every year in UK/France etc. In fact until the last two winters there's barely been much snow at all in winter in the UK, and this year it has come extremely early - usually if any comes at all it is in late January early February. And even then it doesn't usually last particularly long, so having such large and costly plans in place could well be wasted money in msot years, unlike in Canada when they know more or less when and for how long the snow and ice will last.
Anyway, my sympathies for anyone who is stuck. Any Booties suffering in some European airport at the moment?
I don't think we could be more prepared; it's odd having this much snow this time of year. They had someone from a Canadian airport interviewed on the radio this morning, to comment on whether Heathrow could have been better prepared, and he didn't sound envious of the position they're in!
I do say this from the fortunate position of having my train home for the holidays cancelled, so they gave me an earlier train.....thankyou....
And busman7 that's not quite how it works- as climate change happens the Gulf Stream begins to shut down, in short because melting glaciers in places like Greenland dump a lot of cold freshwater into the ocean that messes up the system. So Europe on the whole will probably get colder due to global warming, paradoxically enough, but the BP oil spill doesn't have anything to do with it (beyond oil causing the problem in general!).
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