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Passengers on ice as airports prepare to get hosed

A de-icer shortage? In winter? Are you kidding me? Since it's the federal government, I guess not. But USA Today reports that a 99-day strike at a Canadian plant has left America's airports short of de-icer for runways this winter. The manufacturer will only be able to make about one-third as much product as last year. The FAA has approved some alternative chemicals that will cost airports a heckavu lot more and will also ruin the environment. Perfect. The good news is there's plenty of de-icer for the planes. It's just the runways that will be slick. Feel better? Yeah, me neither.

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