07.14.2017

Delays ahead: Heat waves to disrupt airplanes' ability to take off

Delays ahead: Heat waves to disrupt airplanes' ability to take off Photo: Matt York, AP

As if air travel wasn't already stressful enough.

Just last month, American Airlines was forced to cancel dozens of flights from Phoenix when temperatures of nearly 120 degrees made it too hot for smaller jets to take off.

Now, a study finds such heat-related flight disruptions will become more common in the next few decades as temperatures rise because of global warming. Blistering heat waves like the one that scorched the Southwest in June will make it harder for aircraft around the world to take off, according to the report published Thursday.

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