Doing winter the old-fashioned way?

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  1. Morsel
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    From a friend flying OAK-DEN this morning:

    "So, my plane at Oakland airport has ice on the wings and they don't have de-icing gear. We have to wait for the sun to come up."
     
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    Sun will do it. But if you need to depart sooner, then you really need a de-icer :) That is why people up North are better prepared. ;)
     
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    or some crew with a few hair dryers. :D
     
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    will not do, unless the plane has outlets on board. Otherwise long extension cords are needed :p
     
  5. Scottrick
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    That is also why I don't fly out of OAK.
     
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    Does SFO actually have de-icers? SJC? I don't particularly like OAK either, but as a smaller airport with excellent intra-CA flights (granted, on WN), it does have its usefulness, IMHO.
     
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    Fair point. But I would bet on SFO having de-icers. I would not bet on SJC.

    I wouldn't normally expect SEA to have de-icers either, but they do come in handy on occasion. I remember one year heading to the airport and as soon as I exited the freeway the road was basically a sheet of ice. That was the slowest two miles I've ever driven. When I got to my gate, they were hosing down a plane with what looked like a foot of freshly fallen snow on top.
     

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