Commercial airplanes can handle the cold. The challenge is for the people working outdoors and their equipment.
Employee safetyIt takes more than the flight crew to get you moving. When a plane arrives at a gate, until it departs for its next flight, there is a ground crew working to service the plane.
They are responsible for tasks such as loading and unloading baggage, refuelling, and guiding planes to the gate. Double-digit lows are challenging for these airport workers. There are risks such as cold stress, frostbite and hypothermia. To stay safe in the cold, they need to take frequent breaks in sheltered areas to warm up between incoming and outgoing flights.