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Why fog stops airliners flying

… and why thousands of pounds worth of electronic equipment can’t take the place of a windscreen

The cancellation of hundreds of flights at airports around the UK today is not caused by the effect of poor visibility when planes they are in the air, but instead when they reach the ground.

The mass of electronic equipment in a modern airliner makes it a simple process for pilots to land them in the dark, in low cloud and equally, in the thickest of fog.

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Is cruising any greener than flying?

We asked travel industry experts for their opinions on whether travelling by cruise ship was a more environmentally friendly way to travel

Cunard Cruises spokesman

“We do get people crossing the Atlantic because they don’t want to fly. Every ship has to meet environmental targets and the Queen Mary II has a zero-discharge policy.”

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