Delta has deiced planes in Atlanta more than 40 days this winter.
In a demonstration of how Delta planes go through a process of deicing in frigid whether, a worker sprays a colored solution on the entire plane before it can take off.
In the airline's quest to operate more flights on time in adverse circumstances, the carrier has added 20 deicing trucks at its hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and two deicing simulators to keep hundreds of workers trained to deice aircraft. In the future, Hartsfield-Jackson plans to spend more than $100 million for a project to add large deicing pads on the south side of the airfield.
A Delta worker demonstrates the deicing process.
Saxon likes the change of pace of deicing from his regular year-round job as a Delta ramp agent, loading bags and driving tugs around the tarmac. In preparation for the winter season, he helps to train hundreds of Delta workers on how to deice a plane. And before big snowstorms are about to hit, he deploys to other airports around the country.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Saxon said. “You’re 40 feet in the air sometimes and you’re just moving around an aircraft spraying fluid. It doesn’t sound like as much fun as it is.”
A Delta worker demonstrates how to spray a colored deicing solution on the entire plane before it can take off.
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