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De-icing problems at Midway led Southwest to cancel hundreds of flights. Now a passenger is suing.

De-icing problems at Midway led Southwest to cancel hundreds of flights. Now a passenger is suing.

Southwest Airlines is facing a lawsuit over de-icing problems at Midway Airport that led to hundreds of flight cancellations last winter.

A man who said he was a passenger on one of those flights accused the airline of breaking its contract with passengers and “negligence” for failing to keep enough de-icing fluid on hand to keep planes in service, according to the lawsuit seeking class-action status filed in federal court in Chicago on Friday.

Brian Hughes had booked a flight scheduled to leave Phoenix for Midway on the afternoon of Feb. 11, but Southwest canceled the flight, blaming the weather, according to the lawsuit.

More than 250 flights were canceled that day...

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