Manchester Airport issues Chinese lantern warning
Tue, 01 Feb, 2011
Manchester Airport has issued a warning over the use of Chinese lanterns.
The facility noted the potential danger that these devices can cause to aeroplanes and urged people living under the hub's flight path to avoid using them to celebrate the looming Chinese New Year.
Manchester Airport pointed out that a number of European nations have banned the items but observed that no restrictions currently exist in the UK.
Tim McDermott, director of operations at the facility, noted that Chinese lanterns are becoming increasingly popular but warned they are "completely unguided" when released.
"Lanterns can dazzle a pilot at a critical moment in the flight. It is not our intention to be party poopers but we have to protect the safety of passengers," he said.
Earlier in the month, Afloat reported that the Irish coast guard had urged members of the public to notify them before they release Chinese lanterns, as many false callouts have been caused by the items.