Heathrow horror

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Thousands of exhausted passengers were forced to sleep on the floor at Heathrow airport over the weekend, when over 100 flights were cancelled due to a few centimetres of snow.

The shambolic scenes come two years after Heathrow airport ground to a halt, when snow fell. After the snow chaos of December 2010, bosses pledged to never let such a situation occur again – and spent some £36 million on snow clearing equipment and staff, to ensure that the pretty powdery stuff couldn’t cause any disruption in the future.

So why then did Heathrow come to a standstill once more – especially when, at airports like Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester Airport, it was business as usual?

It beggars belief that a smattering of snow – that we all knew was coming – could cause the cancellation of hundreds of flights, forcing stranded passengers to kip on the floor. Even more so, when you consider that airports in countries with genuine arctic weather conditions, continue to operate without any problems.

The chaos cannot continue at this crucial airport: Heathrow needs to learn how to deal with the white stuff once and for all.

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