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Ryanair aircraft was seen being prepared for a flight to the UK by ground crew of Brindisi Airport, Italy by being de-iced using buckets of hot water. An alarming video, filmed last week, shows a man in a hi-vis jacket carrying a bucket over to a stationary Ryanair plane. A group of similarly-attired staff are on the steps up to the plane and swap the full bucket with an empty one. The water can then be seen thrown over the engine below in an attempt to get rid of ice ahead of a flight to Stansted Airport.

Normally, planes should be de-iced by using specialised equipment to spray the aircraft with a heated combination of propylene glycol and water to prevent the ice from reforming.

The video as posted on Facebook by Italian politician Mauro D’Attis. He captioned the footage: “Look how they tried to de-ice the planes at Brindisi. Shame!”

Brindisi airport operators were satisfied with the unusual procedure, however, reported The Sun.

They explained guidelines said: “Buckets of hot water at 60c are allowed when the air temperature is 0c.”

They added: ”The Captain was aware and satisfied. The procedure was to remove a little residual snow. It was a perfectly safe procedure.”

But an aviation safety expert also told The Sun: “It looks a very haphazard way of dealing with a potentially very dangerous problem.”

It’s understood Italy’s Civil Aviation Authority is sending inspectors to Brindisi following the incident.

Express.co.uk has contacted Ryanair for comment on the video, which is rapidly going viral.

De-icing a plane ahead of take-off is crucial because “even a quarter inch of frozen material can alter airflow around the wing – highly important during take-off when speed is slow and margins are thin,” explained pilot Patrick Smith in his book Cockpit Confidential.

According to Smith, there have been instances of tragedies in the past when planes have attempted to take off with iced-over wings.

For instance, in 1994, on Halloween night, “ sixty-eight people died aboard American Eagle flight 4181 – a crash attributed to a design flaw, since rectified, in the ATR-72’s deicing system.”

Ryanair has also hit the headlines this week for charging customers for booking changes they never made.

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis wrote a letter to Michael O’Leary, the Chief Executive of Ryanair, demanding the budget airline behave like a “nice airline” and pay the wrongly-charged customers back. 

Chief Executives of Ryanair and its regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), were presented with a dossier of over 160 Ryanair passengers who were hit by the ‘glitch.’

Angry customers travelling with partners or friends with different surnames said they have been penalised after their companions’ surnames were automatically changed even though the correct details were entered at the time of booking.

If they didn’t spot the error within Ryanair’s 24-hour grace period, they were slapped with a £115 charge to change it in order to travel.

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American woman faces $2,800 parking bill after leaving car in Toronto during pandemic

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Parking in the city can be costly, but one American woman is learning just how bad it can be after being unable to retrieve her car for nearly a year.

Detroit resident Kim Richardson left her 2004 Honda Element at the Park2Sky lot by Pearson airport in March 2020 before flying out to Europe for a medical procedure. She originally planned to retrieve it within two weeks but partway through her trip, the Canada-US border got closed due to COVID-19 precautions.

Richardson’s return flight was rerouted to Detroit and she’s been unable to return to Toronto since.

What was originally a $100 bill has now inflated to $2,800 as the lot’s owner says he has a business to operate and is owed payment for 11 months of storage. However, Richardson believes she’s being extorted for an issue beyond her control.

Park2Sky personnel claim that several Americans who found themselves in similar predicaments have had their cars shipped home.

“I don’t understand, I don’t know what’s going on here. Business is down, I’m not making any money at all. People who leave their car are paid. She’s the only one that hasn’t paid,” said the owner to CBC News this week.

The stalemate is expected to last a while longer as travel restrictions remain in place and Ontario Provincial Police have said they won’t get involved in a civil matter.

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All systems are go for St. Lawrence Cruise Lines in 2021

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KINGSTON — Despite Canada’s newly extended cruise ship ban, Canadians still have a small-ship cruising alternative in 2021 with St. Lawrence Cruise Lines.

The small-ship operator, which sails on the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, has confirmed operations for 2021, with overnight cruises on both rivers from May 20 to Oct. 24. A variety of cruises ranging from four to seven nights will depart from Kingston, Ottawa and Quebec City, sailing exclusively in domestic waters with stops at select ports in Ontario and Quebec.

On Feb. 4, Canada’s Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra announced that Canada’s cruise ship ban will be extended until Feb. 28, 2022. This measure, which effectively prohibits cruise vessels carrying more than 100 passengers from operating in Canadian waters, does not impact the small-ship operations of St. Lawrence Cruise Lines and its 32-stateroom CANADIAN EMPRESS.

“We are excited to offer travellers a small ship option for the 2021 season,” said President Jason Clark. “Our overnight cruises stay close to shore in Canadian waters and our COVID-19 Health and Safety program has been recognized for its high standards.”

This past December, the cruise line was awarded the Safe Travels Stamp by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) for adherence to global standards of health and hygiene. The program includes a wide range of safety measures, including reduced passenger loads, masking, physical distancing and hospital-grade electrostatic disinfecting for both private staterooms and shared spaces. Plus, all staterooms have access to fresh air, climate controls and views of the river.

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Here’s How Canada’s ‘Screening Officers’ Will Check On Travellers During Quarantine

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The federal government is reminding all travellers in Canada that “Screening Officers” may pay them a visit post-arrival.

In a statement about the country’s latest travel restrictions, Transport Canada confirmed that newly-trained officials would be tasked with checking up on travellers during their two-week quarantine period.

The role of the Screening Officers will be to visit travellers’ quarantine locations to “establish contact, confirm identify and confirm that travellers are at the place of quarantine they identified upon entry into Canada.”

This is to make sure individuals are complying with Canada’s mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement.

The checks will be conducted across 35 Canadian cities, having already started in Montreal and Toronto back in January.

The officials will provide “compliance education” and will be able to issue verbal warnings, but stronger enforcement action will be referred to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and then law enforcement for follow-up checks. 

Failing to comply with the Quarantine Act or with Screening Officers’ instructions could result in fines of up to $750,000 or even jail time.

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