Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Wicked tempers at Toronto's Pearson airport!

Muskoka Customers out are in red. 4757 customers are without power.

It's a mess out there. Toronto's Pearson airport (#YYZ), shut down Monday night (the 6th).
On our way, a quiet day,
 on our way to Edmonton in 2001-ish!

Pearson is the largest and busiest airport in Canada.[4][8] In 2012, it handled 34,912,456 passengers[5] and 435,592 aircraft movements.

Considering that Canada's entire population is about 35 million, this is quite the number of people that they move every year. It requires a lot of employees.

They have an estimated 30,000 passengers a day.

People are on TV news complaining, and very angry. Unfortunately, PR peeps seem fearful of giving regular updates. People seem to blame the messenger, many times.
It's a shame, but if you can understand why it has happened, perhaps passengers should put it into perspective. They've put extra police in the airport terminal to ensure that angry passengers don't get out of hand.

Horrible lineups, not like
this 'normal' photo!
There are people who cannot afford to travel. It's not a right, it is a privilege, and an agreement between a flyer and a private company.  Many employees were doing their best, but Mother Nature can be wicked and workers must be safe. We've got an With equipment freezing, and horrible working conditions, all of the gates at the airport are full with planes.

People are standing in lines, sleeping in the airport, and being grumpy. Bags are being rerouted, people got on planes and their bags get lost or left behind. The sheer numbers are amazing.


Red said...

It's a frustrating time for everybody. I was in one of these jambs and I wasn't in a hurry because I understood the risky conditions.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Boy, we haven't had the cold and snow like this for years - back to normal?
I feel sorry for the people at the airport, many might not have extra money for the changes required.

Christine said...

It's unfortunate but safety first! Just glad we didn't go away this Christmas!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Folks really don't like when the control in a situation is whisked away from them. It's not a pretty thing... So far its remains mild and relatively tame this side of 'the pond' but I am sure we'll get worse yet. YAM xx

Powell River Books said...

I am sure all the travelers with cancelled flights were very impatient. I hate waiting even when things are on schedule. - Margy

Pearl said...

how much staff for those tens of thousands?