Interesting Airplane Jargon
Frequent flyers have often coped with the tedium of the flight by eavesdropping on the conversation of the flight attendants. There are a few terminologies that sound simple, but not following such orders can mess with the integrity of the flight. The first order that most flyers are familiar with is “prepare doors for departure”. When the plane comes to a complete crash, the evacuation slides are designed to deploy six seconds afterwards. They will not activate, if the crew has not armed them. They need to push a lever that connects the slide. They are usually disarmed after the plane safely lands. If the doors are not managed correctly, the slides could deploy by accident and push passengers off the stairs. The Cross-check involved seeing if the doors are armed correctly. This is usually checked twice to avoid accidents. Some cross checks are said over the PA, while others are verified through private communication. When the pilot gives the all-call command it means that the attendants must check in from their respective positions, and verify all is well. The jump seats are the seats used by attendants. They automatically close up, after they stand up. The bulkhead is usually found ahead of the first row of seats. This dividing wall separates the cabin from the seating, or the bathroom. Sitting in the bulkhead provides extra legroom for passengers. Airliners also have something known as an extender. They can be given to larger passengers who need an extension for the seatbelt. The size varies depending on the needs of the heavier fellow. Other terminologies like spinner refer to the passengers. If you board late, the plane might be starting to head out while you look for a seat. If the attendant sees you, it will inform the pilot that there is a spinner in mid-cabin. It is an interesting way of referring to a passenger who is looking for a seat, disoriented. The demo is what flight attendants’ term for the safety briefing. Those known as deadheads are crew members who are still on duty, but flying home on plane. This occurs when a pilot or flight attendant is sick. The airliners will fly a deadhead as a replacement. Those known as redeye is the less flattery term used in airliners to refer to those working in the graveyard shift. Despite everything, there are plenty of airliner workers who prefer the graveyard shift. At night, the passengers spend most of the time asleep. This provides the redeye workers an easier shift. Another interesting term is equipment. When the pilot refers to equipment, he is making reference to the airplane. Equipment swap refers to changing the airplane. Runners are passengers who are going to a connecting flight. These people are usually running to try to make it. Certain airliners will wait for you, others will probably not. Other jargons and gimmicks are a bit harder to decipher. The chimes of the plane have different meanings. However, these vary from airlines to airlines. They usually make reference to how high the plane is flying. They may also warn if turbulence is ahead. It is a subtle communication designed for flight attendants. They will get the heads up first, before the pilot informs the passengers of any important development. Other times, the ding is just someone using the call button. Flight attendants tend to despise the sound, because there is always the bad passenger who abuses that privilege. It is best to save it for a real emergency, like spilling ones drink or if you feel sick. Parents are advised not to let their toddlers play with the call button. Not only can it be rude, but it can also cloud the chime of someone who really needs help.