Call­ing them ‘con trails’ is a con

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

YES­TER­DAY morn­ing at Heathrow (Tues­day July 19) the day broke to a cloud­less sky and al­ready the heat from the sun could be felt.

The sky re­mained cloud­less but there was the ever present brown smudge of traf­fic pollution on the hori­zon.

How­ever within an hour – af­ter the lift­ing of the night flight cur­few – the en­tire sky was criss-crossed by what are er­ro­neously termed air­craft ‘con-trails.’ Th­ese then quickly spread out un­til there was no blue sky left – only white clouds of toxic poi­sons.

‘Con’ as in con-trails does not in­fer con­den­sa­tion aka wa­ter vapour. The ‘con’ is the lie that th­ese trails in the sky are pure wa­ter drops and harm­less.

What comes out of a jet en­gine is any­thing but pure - con­sist­ing of hun­dreds of the most toxic and car­cino­genic chem­i­cals known to man. And ev­ery day th­ese chem­i­cals spew out of hun­dreds of en­gines dur­ing taxi­ing, take off, and over­fly­ing.

For the rest of the day the sun­light at Heathrow per­me­ated through this layer of tox­i­c­ity with an un­nat­u­ral glow. The di­rect sun was well hid­den.

And this hap­pens ev­ery day at ev­ery air­port around the world.

That is why we do NOT need a Third Run­way at Heathrow or any air­port ex­pan­sion – pe­riod. C.J.BRADY High Street Har­ling­tion

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