The Guy Who Deiced Our Plane

Have I just become a bleeding heart liberal with a nanny complex?

the-guy-hwo-deiced-the-plane.jpgThis is a story about changing expectations. Today we expect everyone to be protected from nearly every hazard. That’s why what Helaine and I saw at Midway Airport in Chicago stood out.

The guy spraying the deicing solution on our airplane is our problem child. He’s wearing goggles (or glasses–it’s tough to say for sure), but breathing in the deicing mist&#185!

The American Chemical Society says:

“aircraft deicing fluids are aqueous solutions of a glycol, or mixture of glycols, along with proprietary additives. Depending on the formulation required, the additives might include a surfactant, polymer thickening agent, pH buffer, corrosion inhibitor, flame retardant, or dye.”

Why is anyone breathing in this stuff? Shouldn’t he have some sort of protection, or have I just become a bleeding heart liberal with a nanny complex?

&#185 – As always, click the photo for a larger, clearer picture.

My Eyes

Last night, I told Helaine were eyes were finally feeling better. I spoke too soon. This is really driving me nuts. And, there doesn’t really seem to be anything I can do to make them better. The hot compresses, drops and lash washing are just temporary fixes.

I was speaking tonight to the American Chemical Society. I know, while I was at the podium, I was blinking like crazy. Ugh!

I hope it will soon be over. It has been a seasonal thing in the past. Of course, as they say in financial ads, past performance is no guarantee of the future.

There is one thing these eye problems have taught me. There are muscles that control your eyelids and they are subject to the same fatigue and stress that any other muscles undergo. Isn’t that weird? I have shut my eyes just to relieve the strain – and it works.

I can’t wait to get home and get this temporarily under control for the night.