Hatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1475 posts, RR: 14 Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5644 times:
- Strollers that have wheels as big and off-road capable as my mountain bike.
- When standing in the jetway getting claim at gates and a late boarding passenger insists you not forget to load their bag. (Even better when they tell you it is a _____ (insert color here) roller bag as if they're the only ones in the world that have that kind of bag)
- When a pilot mentions over the headset that I'm dripping sweat. No kidding! I just loaded 150 bags in a confined space.
Something that is really fun as a ramper is seeing a little kid up in a window looking down at you. Then making a funny face at them and seeing their reaction when they realize you can see them. Always a good laugh on both ends.
Q120 From Canada, joined Aug 2008, 265 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5412 times:
Quoting SwivelHeadLAX (Reply 7): Marshaling aircraft in a thunderstorm with lightning shooting overhead. ("Why close the ramp? The lightning hasn't hit the airport yet.")
This one makes me laugh, Ive been in this situation many times.
Airport operations don't "close" the ramp. When the lightning warning lights come on, its just to advise you that the airport warns that you could possibly be struck by lightning on the ramp. Its up to your company policy to leave the ramp or not once those warning lights come up.
When I was a cargo loader I remember each time the warning lights came on and we ditched to the facility because the ramp was "closed". Once I got into the airport operations chair, it was my decision to turn on the lights during a storm. but what I found out is that I was never really shutting the ramp, just covering the airports butt if anyone actually does get struck by lightning.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results
FlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 6876 posts, RR: 11 Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5346 times:
Quoting Rwy04LGA (Reply 2): I love it when wheelchair batteries fall on my ankle! Runnerup is when those long-@$$ luggage straps get caught in the belt loader.
Always got straps caught in the loader. What would always happpen though is one bag would get caught near the top and I wouldn't notice and keep loading and well...you can figure the rest out.
Quoting CLE757 (Reply 3): Loading a fully booked 737-800 then finding out its broke, then unloading it and loading another one.
Never handled mainline a/c but even with the little guys it wa a pain in the but. The jets actually weren't that bad. We could down load a full CRJ or CR7 in about 7 or 8 minutes if you had two guys at the bottom getting the bags and a belt loader that was fast. The ATRs were the worst. Gotta undo all the netting and unload all the stacked backs then do it again in the back.
Quoting Force13 (Reply 6): San Juan Samsonites.... you know what I mean!
I'll tell you what. Around 2006, 2007, ASA started flights to Kingston, Borinquen (Aguadilla), and some other cities that saw heavy loads regularly. Those bags were always HUGE and the flights would not necessarily be full but it seemed like every passenger had 2 or 3 bags checks.
Quoting Force13 (Reply 6): Unloading bags on a humid August day and smelling rancid meat/fish packed in a suitcase.
For some reason, all our Korean Air bags had a very pungent smell coming from them. And they would always be those hard cases that never stack well.
From my own experience, I love it when (and this is for those that have worked regional jets or small a/c) passengers would come around the wing trying to get their bag.
Getting weird looks when I walk on the plane (greasy cloths, wands, and torn vest and all) to give the flight deck the load slip.
Many others. I'll think of more.
CAM2:"Lightning coming out of that one." CAM1: "What?"
I think my all time favorite was when the gate agent pulled the jetway back and we pushed the plane...only to find out 30 mins later that there was one more gate check in the jetway...bet that person was mad when they made it to their destination!
Edit...for a few more I just thought of...
having a bag come down the beltloader with the zipper down...and not realizing its not zipped...I pick it up to put into the cart...and well you know what happens from there!
downloading a 757 from FLL turningto SJC...no break dowload another 757 from MCO turning to FLL...still no break...download a final 757 flight from FLL turning to MCO...
that was one heavy day of flights...it was my last day of training...and luckily I didn't have any other flights the rest of the day!
YXXMIKE From Canada, joined Apr 2008, 308 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5231 times:
I have a good memory of my ramp days at YXX, there is a big dog show that happens every fall in the area and there would be about a hundred or so dogs that would fly in. We had one, a Newfoundlander, which was probably about 100lbs plus in weight and when we assembled his cage we realized it wouldn't fit into the AC 737. So just to "get the job done" we assembled the cage inside the pit, got the dog to do a run & jump into the pit using part of my lunch and got him into the cage. YYC got a tad angry at us 2hrs later when they couldn't figure out how to get him out!
My other favorite is it the hard cased Samsonite bags, if you weren't ready for those and they where flying at you it was a new bruise waiting to happen!
I'll never fly at Christmas again! I'll always feel obligated not to bring my entire house, plus the 20 gifts flying with me.
Wn676 From Bosnia and Herzegovina, joined Jun 2005, 939 posts, RR: 4 Reply 18, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5190 times:
Quoting COEWR (Reply 12): having a bag come down the beltloader with the zipper down...and not realizing its not zipped...I pick it up to put into the cart...and well you know what happens from there!
That happened to me once sending bags up to the carousel. The entire belt was littered with some poor lady's undergarments...there must have been quite a scene upstairs.
One other thing I just remembered:
Scanners that consistently misread tags. You usually don't know it until you go to scan the next bag, and you end up having to clear the error and chase down the offender. Not fun if it's every fifth bag.
Tiny, unreadable text leaves ample room for interpretation
Heavy747 From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 96 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5134 times:
Always fun when a DEL bag gets shot down the belt and literally explodes, clothes everywhere ahh fun times. Other good memories are the FA's who open the 1R cabin door in their skirts as they start fidgeting with the catering lol
Or even better, when u get a vibrating bag and you go up to the cabin to find the passenger. Hey someone needs to turn the thing off and it aint gonna be me HAHAHA
Sun Country used to bring their DC-10's in bulk loaded to D/FW, took 3 agents inside the plane which meant less agents to run the bags. Then the crew got all pissy that it took so long to unload. I told the Captain he needs to tell his CP that they need to invest in cans.
Quoting Heavy747 (Reply 20): Or even better, when u get a vibrating bag and you go up to the cabin to find the passenger. Hey someone needs to turn the thing off and it aint gonna be me HAHAHA
Yes, the vibrating bag....is it a shaver...is it a personal massager...toothbrush.... you can usually tell what it is by the look on the face of the passenger when you tell them.
What about the 80lb-90lb bags that are completely wrapped in plastic, including the handles. Those are fun when they get to the end of the beltloader and you are not ready for it.
Also for the aircraft that had the donuts that had to be removed before you serviced the lav. I loved listening to the guys who "forgot" to remove them before pulling the handle. Usually ended up with some body part smurfed.
FlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 6876 posts, RR: 11 Reply 24, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4938 times:
Quoting Towcrazy (Reply 21): Pushing back a aircraft and then it won't start so you have to pull it back to the gate.
Speaking of push backs...I have a couple related to this.
-Having a flight come in and they let you know the APU is deferred. Now you have to go hunt down a huffer that actually works and go through that whole process once the flight is ready to push. Also love when the door is closed and the huffer doesn't get up to PSI so the fan doesn't spin fast enough.
-What was also always fun was loading a bag at the last minute when the a/c had already taxiied out to the ramp and we would drive the tug up and signal the CA to see if it was ok then put her in the back.
-Bringing in an a/c to the gate and the CA would have the throttle balls to wall and I would have to get him to slow down or STOP. This was made worse at certain gates in ATL especially C35 where to your left you have two a/c parked tail to the runway and to your right is a guardrail and you have to get past that and make a hard left to get to the parking T.
-Having to drive around the concourses to find ballast bags that aren't torn (had to get close to 800 lbs one night on a CR2).
-The tower call me over the radio (I was regularly the zone coordinator) to say they have an a/c for us in range and 2 minutes later it's sitting waiting to be brought into the stand.
-One of my all time favorites is when a passenger would be in line out on the ramp to get on board and I would tell them that their bag isn't going to fit inside and they insist (I fly on these all the time it will fit) and have them walk back down 5 mintues later handing me the bag. I usually give them the "I told you so" look.
CAM2:"Lightning coming out of that one." CAM1: "What?"
25 Terry531: Loaded and ready to go and a pax put his VISA and ID in his bag and cant get thru TSA check cause his VISA is in his bag!!!
26 USPIT10L: It was never any easier parking CRJs on an angle in PIT, particularly gate D78 in the middle of our ramp. The ASA guys in particular were the worst,
27 Silver1SWA: Some of these have been mentioned, but these are my "favorite" things on the ramp... -Large, heavy strollers. What happened to the good-old umbrella s