Severe lightning storms at Perth, Western Australia, Tuesday brought Qantas’ (QF) operations to a halt for over 7 hr., stranding 18 planes on taxiways with nearly 2,000 passengers, while an estimated 5,000 passengers were stranded in the airline’s terminal. Altogether, 57 QF flights were affected. Safety provisions in QF baggage handlers’ and engineers’ labor contracts preclude working on the tarmac with lightning within 5 km. of the airport. However, other ...

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