I fly a jet (& my wife happens to be from YYZ
, which is why I read the article).
The fluid is also sprayed on the fuselage, in addition to the areas mentioned by Red Panda.
There is de-icing fluid, and anti-icing fluid.
I just flew into STC (St. Cloud, MN
), where they had freezing drizzle. We picked up ice in the descent, and some on the ground. Brooms wouldn't have helped, as this was frozen precip stuck to the metal.
We were de-iced, which removes the accumulation of ice. If it was still precipitating, we would've had to get de-iced (to REMOVE the ice), and then sprayed with anti-icing fluid (to prevent new accumulations before takeoff). It gets very technical, but after being sprayed with anti-icing fluid, you have a certain amount of time that it is effective, and you need to take off before the ice starts to accumulate again.
If you are forced to wait too long, you need to come back and get de-iced again, and then anti-iced again, and hope you can make it off in time on your 2nd try.
has about the best and most thorough anti-icing program of any airport in N. America. They are very strict, and will not let planes take off unless they have been de/anti-iced. Other airports may leave it up to the pilots to decide if they need de/anti-icing-not YYZ
TRY. It's all you have control over, and it's what God wants.