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User currently offlineNWAdeicer From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 173 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6222 times:

In the past I have noticed the slight jabs made towards the ramp side of the business. I thought it would be in fun to return some of the things that make rampers so very happy.

Packing every single item you own into one suitcase.

That suitcase is the size of a compact car.

Dislocating my shoulder as the counter failed to put a heavy tag on it.

The bag is destined for RSW, it's 100 degrees there, how much do you need?

Using a suitcase that is being held together with duct tape and missing all handles.

Having a golf case that King Tut would be envious of.

Using a nylon bag that should hold 25 pounds and stuffing 100 pounds into it.

Being shocked when the straps tear loose when it is picked up to be loaded.

Making your bag look like a Mardi Gras float by tying 50 different strings to the handle.

This is meant as humor at what I deal with daily, please feel free to add any I may have missed.


I miss the Red Tail
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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5497 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6169 times:

Loading a 737 charter and just when you finish a mother needs to get her child's formula out of a 'black bag'.

User currently offlineRwy04LGA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6061 times:

I love it when wheelchair batteries fall on my ankle! Runnerup is when those long-@$$ luggage straps get caught in the belt loader.


Just accept that some days, you're the pigeon, and other days the statue
User currently offlineCLE757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5998 times:

Loading a fully booked 737-800 then finding out its broke, then unloading it and loading another one.


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User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6004 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.


User currently offlineAntoniemey From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1555 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5923 times:



Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
Packing every single item you own into one suitcase.

Seen that one...

Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
Using a suitcase that is being held together with duct tape and missing all handles.

...ant that one....

Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
Using a nylon bag that should hold 25 pounds and stuffing 100 pounds into it.

Oh, lord, those d*mn JFK flights...

Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
Making your bag look like a Mardi Gras float by tying 50 different strings to the handle.

sometimes those strings hurt... especially if your hand slips.


And you forgot having to dig a reroute bag out of the bin on an over-booked flight, since it's invariably at least halfway back in the stack.



Make something Idiot-proof, and the Universe will make a more inept idiot.
User currently offlineForce13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5864 times:

College students returning home for the summer
(seriously..3 80lb. bags? FedEx next time!)

Other carrier departing gate next to yours in January and hitting you with jetblast...especially after a significant snowfall.

People who pack booze in their bags and it breaks. Nothing like smelling like vodka on the way home worried about getting pulled over.

San Juan Samsonites.... you know what I mean!

Unloading bags on a humid August day and smelling rancid meat/fish packed in a suitcase.

4 a/c on the ground with 2 gates and 3 rampers

Diversions. Especially in the middle of your lunch break.

-and my favorite-

Working a flight arriving in ROC and seeing all the bags in the bin with BWI as the destination. THAT shift sucked!



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User currently offlineSwivelHeadLAX From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5829 times:

Picking up a box of "Live Tropical Fish" and having water spill out the bottom.

Pushing a HR into the rear-cargo bin of an A320 during a thunderstorm and looking outside to find out that they closed the ramp due to lightning but no one ever told you.

Marshaling aircraft in a thunderstorm with lightning shooting overhead. ("Why close the ramp? The lightning hasn't hit the airport yet.")

Loading a flight to Hawaii in the summer and having an aircraft swap.


User currently offlineQ120 From Canada, joined exactly 6 years ago today! , 278 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5772 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.



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User currently offlineFAT5DEP From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5762 times:

Watching people that are boarding the air stairs of another plane get blasted by the exhaust of the one you are marshalling out

Opening the cargo door to see hundreds of crickets on the loose

Seeing the expression on the face of your ramper colleague when he dropped an HR on the ramp while pulling up to the belt loader

Getting sprayed with de-ice fluid from the other side of the aircraft

Air starts on a 737

Seeing blue juice on the ramp the following morning wondering who got blasted the night before

Seeing how many bags you can stack on a cart and then drive it to the baggage claim without any falling off

Stuffing the front cargo hold with mail only to unload it all once you see the MSP bags start coming through



Courtesy of my ramper days with Delta and Skywest at FAT in the late 90's!



Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
User currently offlineCOTPARampGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5732 times:

EWR ATC Delays

Baggage retrievals that are almost always at the bulkhead.

Loading 757s, plane breaks, offload it, "Oh we're going!" load again, "Flight's canceled" off load again.

Speaking of 757s, airstarting 757s due to a lousy APU.

Pushing 757s in the rain, all the water goes right to your head.

Bags with Air India twine wrapped around them.


User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5706 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.



What gets measured gets done.
User currently offlineCOEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 273 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5657 times:

Quoting Force13 (Reply 6):
San Juan Samsonites.... you know what I mean!

Oh yes...these are famous at EWR!!!!

Quoting COTPARampGuy (Reply 10):
Bags with Air India twine wrapped around them.

Hey, at least its a cue that the bag is HEAVY!!!

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!

[Edited 2009-08-28 10:57:29]

User currently offlineWn676 From Djibouti, joined Jun 2005, 1034 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5617 times:

-Bags that have metal rods sticking out of them.

-Anything to do with 757 lavs. Manually filling them is up near the top of the list.

-Pilots who come down and shut off the ground air, prompting the gate agent to call the tower to tell you to turn the air on because it's getting hot in the jetway.

-A non-rev or deadhead employee that walks out onto the ramp to retrieve their bag, and when they don't see it, they start pestering you about it.



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User currently offlineNwaesc From United States of America, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 3386 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5617 times:



Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 11):
And they would always be those hard cases that never stack well.

... Or worse, the ones that have been Armor-all'ed...



"Nothing ever happens here, " I said. "I just wait."
User currently offlineEmptyarm From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5603 times:



Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
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.

Kimchi inside...


User currently offlineForce13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5604 times:

Speaking of San Juan Samsonites....

Santiago Samsonites
Santo Domingo Samsonites
Aguadilla Samsonites
Ponce Samsonites
Puerto Plata Samsonites

Mumbai Samsonites...... This could go on and on!



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User currently offlineYXXMIKE From Canada, joined Apr 2008, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5591 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.


User currently offlineWn676 From Djibouti, joined Jun 2005, 1034 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5550 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.



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User currently offlineSurprise From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 133 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5506 times:

Bulk loading a L1011 to Vegas

The "Cheese Flight" (Flights from GUA loaded with nylon duffle bags filled with cheese that smells like the WWF locker room)

Waiting for the last flight of the night to get off the ground only to have it return to the gate for maitenance.


User currently offlineHeavy747 From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5494 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  Smile

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



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User currently offlineTowcrazy From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5452 times:

Pushing back a aircraft and then it won't start so you have to pull it back to the gate.


Aloha and be Safe
User currently offlineIAD51FL From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 354 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5330 times:



Quoting Force13 (Reply 6):
Working a flight arriving in ROC and seeing all the bags in the bin with BWI as the destination. THAT shift sucked!

If you think it sucked for you....just imagine the suckyness for the baggage claim agents on both ends. Been there done that and it isn't fun. LOL.

Quoting Surprise (Reply 19):
Bulk loading a L1011 to Vegas

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.

Chris



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User currently offlineForce13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5322 times:



Quoting IAD51FL (Reply 22):
If you think it sucked for you....just imagine the suckyness for the baggage claim agents on both ends. Been there done that and it isn't fun. LOL.

I remember lol.... I went and helped take claims. There's pissed off and then there's PISSED OFF Big grin



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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (5 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5298 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. Big grin



What gets measured gets done.
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
28 MCOflyer : Whats an HR? KH
29 Dazed767 : Filling up the blue juice and wondering why you see it dripping out the other side of the plane. (Funny story, I swear! Mechanics were working on the
30 USPIT10L : Human Remains, also known as a casket.
31 Nwaesc : ...Loading an HR into a DC9, regardless of weather... Who ever came up with donuts has a heart of pure evil... TZ by any chance? I always loved the c
32 IAD51FL : Human Remains I had a guy in SAV try to check a disassembled electric golf cart. Then got mad that we wouldn't accept it. The box was larger than the
33 Post contains images Tripleboom : My favorite ramp moment was loading an outbound flight to CUN. Got notification from the gate that one of the passenger's passport didn't check out (d
34 CB97 : When you have to spend half an hour digging out the container loader and use a push tractor to pull dollies out of a giant snow drift... When you have
35 DLflynhayn : Damm i hate that one! but try free loading bags,cargo.mail etc on a L10-11,andthen being told the flt is canceled offload all 500 bags...good old Ric
36 KLASM83 : -People with ski bags who pack their their bulky heavy ski boots and about 40 pounds of other stuff into them. -Having the pilot call you to vacuum hi
37 FlyPBA : back when I worked at COMAIR at CVG ... we always used to dread the horse semen shipments and the racks of "live" chicks ... back at my days at PBA ..
38 Fiveholer : Daily occurrance. You can't stack them. At least they are better than the Club Glove ones for which I have a scar above my right foot from the plasti
39 GARUDAROD : You guys with the Smurf juice and the donuts are missing the best one, How about servicing the rear lav on a B747. Your 20ft up in the air on this lit
40 FAT5DEP : This thread should be on a ramp agent application form! A few more: RNO returning my badge after it came off while stacking bags Going through a gallo
41 Fabo : Better option. I would often get purser being "not nice" to me about letting the fella in with the bag (well, he insisted...) Also, going up the airs
42 Force13 : Or the ones that look like glorified trash bags ] Yep. Had a flight one time to a gas and go at 1:45am.
43 PITIngres : No sh*t. Went out to look at them for new grandchild #1 and there is no such thing as a "stroller", much less the old umbrella stroller that we walke
44 PWMRamper : Oh God. I was gonna mention something about ONE full non collapsable wheelchair. But 14? And 70 bags? Having a CRJ-100 come in and having to get anyt
45 Fiveholer : I can't think of one good thing about that aircraft! Danny
46 Shamrock321 : I was a baggage agent up until last week (damn recession) and always had a great relationship with our baggage handlers, how do you guys get on with o
47 Maverick623 : Or the tag was hidden under the bag... Nah, that doesn't even faze me anymore, although I did give myself a bloody lip once. Fishbowl, lol. A coworke
48 OAKBWIfella : When we pulled up the beltloader, I would just start waving to see if anybody would wave back. I got a lot of waves and smils from adults, which real
49 Jeffry747 : Here's a few for the Cargo rampers: I love the ever so dependable MD-11. You FedEx and UPS guys know what I mean I love it when we have the plane load
50 Meristem : Passenger and Jenga player curiosity: What's the logic that goes into loading bags into a passenger flight? I'm assuming there is some and would like
51 Maverick623 : It's most like a game of Tetris, except every time you complete a row it doesn't go away. Big bags on the bottom to make up the base, and work your w
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