BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The next week will be an exceptionally busy one for travel, and when the weather is bad, the de-icing of planes becomes a top priority at Bangor International Airport.
Airport Director Tony Caruso said Bangor International Airport prepares for winter months in advance.
The de-icing fluid is mixed with water and chemicals and then has to be warmed up before it can be applied to a plane. Crews have to be trained in mixing and spraying the fluid, and all the equipment has to be checked.
The weather will then dictate how much de-icing has to be done.
"It depends on certainly the type of aircraft, how small or how large it is, the type of precipitation we're experiencing, whether it's a light snow or a heavy wet snow or an icy type of event," Caruso said
Caruso said once a plane has been de-iced, it must take off before too much time goes by. If a delay is too long, crews may have to de-ice the plane a second time.