Extreme cold sparks chaos at Canada airports Jan 03, 2018 0 353 12345 AFPMontrealSnow, lengthy de-icing procedures and missing crews created havoc at Canada's main airports on Monday, with hundreds of flights cancelled or delayed out of the country's biggest city Toronto.A deep freeze has settled over large parts of Canada and the United States, bringing extreme cold, piles of snow, and icy conditions.From the early hours of New Year's Day, Air Canada warned that holiday travel could be hectic, issuing a travel alert for passengers using airports in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Ottawa and waiving the usual fee for ticket changes.As the day wore on, the delays mounted, with take-off delays of four to five hours, according to data collected from airport websites.In Toronto, snow aggravated the situation, and by 2030 GMT, nearly 500 flights had been cancelled or delayed, according to flight tracker FlightAware.Passengers asked for help and vented their ire on social media. "You ppl have cost me two days of my vacation and a day's salary," traveller Carla Whyte said on Twitter."UNACCEPTABLE. Ruined my vacation I have been waiting for all year. This is insane. Great way to start my 2018, @AirCanada," chimed in Anne-Marie Robart.One US citizen said he left Montreal more than two hours late -- only to find himself stuck in Toronto. Air Canada told him the earliest he could leave was Tuesday night. On top of the poor weather, WestJet said it had to cancel one flight due to a"crew shortage issue.""We would never wish to inconvenience our guests this way and we truly apologise," the airline said. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Legalised pot sale off to a blazing start in California Jan 03, 2018 0 706 2017 safest year for post-war civil aviation Jan 03, 2018 0 98 US sees no rise in autism in past 3 years Jan 03, 2018 0 100 Kuwait, 5 other nations join UN Security Council AFP United Nations Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands formally joined the ranks of the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday"to make a .. Soldier held for killing pregnant woman in line for pork: Venezuela REUTERS CARACAS Venezuelan authorities arrested a National Guard soldier over the weekend and accused him of shooting a pregnant 18 year-old during an incident that local media described as a melee over scarce pork. .. At least 9 die, 14 others hurt in Brazil prison riot AFP Sao Paulo At least nine people were killed and 14 others wounded Monday in a prison riot in the central Brazilian state of Goias that ended in a blaze -- and the escape of more than 100 inmates, local media reported. ..