The Wall Street Journal has pointed out another potential issue for those planning to fly during the holiday season — deicing.

What’s going on?

Travelers may want to consider the process of deicing this holiday season when they get on an airplane, as it remains a potential “wild card” for airplanes, according to The Wall Street Journal.

  • “During snowstorms, planes can’t take off without it, but it means reduced air circulation in the cabin for passengers and crew,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
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The process takes about 10 to 20 minutes. But it needs to happen for flights to take off during the winter months.

During the process, fluid is sprayed on the plane. The exterior air is shut down so fluid doesn’t leak into the jets. This means that for those 10 to 20 minutes, the same air will be resting on the airplane before it starts recirculating.

A sign of growth

However, industry insiders suggest the deicing market will boom during the COVID-19 pandemic since airlines are investing in significant equipment to make it happen efficiently, according to reports.