In the aftermath of the crippling blizzard in Buffalo, New York, and as a winter storm makes its way up the East Coast just as Thanksgiving travel plans are at their heaviest, here’s a helpful reminder that, when it comes to winter weather, things can always be worse.
For example, you could be in Siberia.
Recent temperatures in the remote Siberian town of Igarka, which lies far north of the Arctic Circle, dipped to nearly minus-61 degrees Fahrenheit, and while the area’s residents are used to such numbers, machines around there are far less resilient.
Case in point: On Tuesday, 74 passengers were forced to leave a Tupelov Tu-134 that had frozen to the runway, and then they had to help push the plane out of its icy trap.
“The passengers disembarked to lighten the weight, and then they volunteered to move it,” a spokeswoman for the UTair company told news agency TASS.
And American flyers gripe about having to pay extra to check a bag.