With COVID-19 pandemic restrictions being lifted, people around the world are travelling again — some for the first time in two years. But this travel surge has caught airlines and airports off guard, resulting in long lineups, massive delays and cancelled flights. With vacation season well underway, it’s left many people frustrated with the state of airline travel.

Today in The Conversation Canada, John Gradek from McGill University answers some of the most common questions about airline industry chaos. Why are so many flights being cancelled or delayed? Are all the problems related to the pandemic? What can be done to prevent delays? Gradek takes a look at the airline industry from a global perspective to answer our pressing questions about the situation.

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Travellers wait in long lines outside the terminal building to check in and board flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on June 21. After two years of pandemic restrictions, travel demand is back with a vengeance, but airlines and airports that slashed jobs during the depths of the COVID-19 crisis are struggling to keep up. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Cancelled flights, disrupted vacations, frayed tempers: FAQs about the chaos in the airline industry

John Gradek, McGill University

What’s behind the chaos at airports across Europe and North America? An airline industry expert explains the problems that have resulted in delays and cancelled flights.

Abortion-rights activists draw on the sidewalk in Washington on June 24 following U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade ending constitutional protection for abortion. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Roe v. Wade: Canada can respond to U.S. bans by improving access to abortion care here

Martha Paynter, Dalhousie University

There will no doubt be escalating rhetoric from anti-choice politicians in the wake of the fall of Roe v Wade . An abortion care provider says now is the time to improve abortion access in Canada.

A woman looks through the locked gates at the Prospect Cemetery in Toronto in April 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

How obituaries helped people grieve during the pandemic

Kathy Kortes-Miller, Lakehead University; Tara Lewis, Lakehead University

The pandemic has forced people to discover new ways of maintaining connection with one another and to consider their own mortality — obituaries played a part in making this easier.

Anti-mask protesters hold signs during a demonstration against measures taken by public health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 in St. Thomas, Ont., in 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Robins

Canada’s trust divide is growing, and that could spell bad news for the future

Cary Wu, York University, Canada; Alex Bierman, University of Calgary; Scott Schieman, University of Toronto

Trying to convince people to trust the basic institutions of Canada and each other is not enough. Economic divisions create a trust divide that threatens Canadians’ way of life.

Smaller animals that feed lower in the food web might be at greater risk from microplastic exposure than larger ones. (Shutterstock)

Microplastics might be entering marine food webs from the bottom up

Garth A Covernton, University of Toronto; Hailey Davies, University of Victoria; Kieran Cox, University of Victoria

We need to advance our understanding of the effects of microplastics on aquatic ecosystems, especially on small animals at the base of food webs that might be ingesting more of these particles.

Many seasonal businesses are struggling to find enough workers again this summer. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Amid a red-hot summer job market, teenaged workers need to keep health and safety in mind

Rebecca Raby, Brock University

Young workers are particularly vulnerable in the workplace because they tend to do short-term work, often lack training and safety education, and may see injury as just “part of the job.”

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La plupart des gens ont du mal à se concentrer après une mauvaise nuit de sommeil. (Shutterstock)

Trop, c’est comme pas assez : combien d’heures devons-nous dormir ?

Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, University of Cambridge; Christelle Langley, University of Cambridge; Jianfeng Feng, Fudan University; Wei Cheng, Fudan University

Tant l’excès que le manque de sommeil peuvent perturber notre cognition.

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