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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14649 times:

Over in Tech/Ops there was a thread gathering technical terms for a A.net glossary. But here in this forum I see quite a bit of slang being used, so I'm asking for people to contribute here (whether or not it makes it into the glossary.)

For example:

Bagsmasher = baggage handler
Flyboy = pilot (male)

Can someone tell me, what is the difference between a "bagsmasher" and a "ramp rat"? Is it possible for them to be the same, or are they always different?

Anyone have any slang terms for other airport personnel, such as security, ticket counter personnel, ATC's, crew schedulers, flight plan filers, etc.? How about other airline personnel?


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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14585 times:

"rent-a-cop" - airport security agent


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14563 times:

Redngold, there is no difference between a bag smasher and a ramp rat, they are interchangeable terms.

How about towbars for aircraft mechanics and coneheads for avionics technicians? Also (and no flame hate mail for this one) skysluts for F/A's (regardless of gender) and crew schedulers were always just known as "skroods"  Smile

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool



DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14559 times:

A "Hot shot" is a pilot who taxi's without his ground lights on.
"Stealth Mode" is a plane that takes off with lights on, and shuts them off after take off.



Go big or go home
User currently offlineJetdoctor From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14541 times:

Towbars for aircraft mechanics? I need clarification on that one.

Captains are often refered to as "skipper" or "god', sometimes "pain in the ass"
(and others that can't be listed"
A new one to me was a "lav technician" pretty nice title for a guy that dumps poo!!

Jetdoctor



Break ground, and head into the wind. Don't break wind and head into the ground.
User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 14506 times:

lav truck - sh*t mobile
baggage cart - sleeping bag (I can't wait to see responses to this!)
SABRE - Stupid A$$ Broken Record Error
Crew Scheduling - Screw Scheduling
Trash Can - File 13
Drug Test - Pee Test
Customer Service Agents - "The Girls"
GSE - mechs, greasers
Mail Transfer Driver - Mail B*tch
Terrorist - Dead Man
Baggage Services - NOH (No One Home)
Baggage Carousel (up or down) - "The Belt"
bin door - workmen's comp device
station manager - boss
director of stations - Jesus
VP operations - God
Tow Bar - Rod (referring to male anatomy)

To a gay employee:

"Ron, I don't like you sneakin' up behind me with a rod in your hand. Just 'cause I'm the Mail B*tch doesn't mean I'm one of The Girls. Now get back in the Sh*t Truck before I make a Terrorist out of you. You'll have a lot of trouble with Pee Tests by the time I'm finished."

Swear to God I said that one day...

Those were our terms at Vanguard. I'm sure that many of them were unique, but several of them I'm certain were relatively common.



Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 14502 times:

Back before advance purchase fares.....when people actually could book a cheap ticket without paying any money upfront.....there was an expression about "a flight falling apart."

It was particularly true during a holiday period, when people might have booked XMas reservations in June and forgotten about them. You would have a 118 seat airplane, with a lid (number it booked to) of 147 or 152.....and clear all your standbys and still only go out with 90 people on board. That was a flight "falling apart".

We used to encourage standby passengers by telling them "go on out to the airport, you'll get on, the flights always fall apart during the holidays."

The ultimate example of this was during Southwest's first Labor Day serving Harlingen, TX (I believe it was '75) No computers yet...the reservations were kept on index cards and a month or two before the flight counted and filed....and the rez agents were told not to sell any more on the flights that were full.

Flight 125 on the Friday before Labor Day. 118 seat airplane. Leave Dallas Love 7:30 pm, arrive Houston Hobby 8:20, lv Houston Hobby at 8:30, arrive Harlingen at 9:20.

Towards the end of July when they went thru the box with all of the September cards.....to everyone's dismay there were 376 people booked on that flight.

However, we learned real fast that God was looking after Southwest Airlines Co. If there was any doubt, this will prove it.

Right before the Labor Day weekend, a hurricane entered the Gulf of Mexico and threatened the lower Rio Grande Valley/Harlingen area. Hurricane warnings, Whitewing season disrupted, everyone's beach vacation plans shot to smithereens.

The flight booked to 376 folks.....went out with 28 revenue passengers, mainly news reporters going to cover the hurricane, and all of them stand by.

That was the ultimate instance of a flight falling apart.



User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 14466 times:

Loco = Low Cost [carrier]

User currently offlineBapilot2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 927 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 14441 times:

Jungle Jet - Embraer
Whisper Jet - BAe-146
Air ScabbyDig - Air Scandic



Jason Nicholls - v1images
User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14385 times:

Jurassic Jet / 3 Holer - Boeing 727


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineUnique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14370 times:

I just know Rottweiler = Female Chief Purser

User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2468 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14356 times:

Lav Truck - honey truck
Super Slug - MD-80 (because if flies slow)
Super Tube - MD-80
A runner - a last minute passenger running from the ticket counter to the gate




Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.
User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 14333 times:

I'm just putting the list into alphabetical order and adding other user's list into the main one. I'll be sending the list to Hepkat and it'll hopefully be online soon!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

DC-10


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 13, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 14335 times:

I heard "box jet" for Avro/BAe-146.


redngold



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineQANTAS747 From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 14253 times:

I heard some slang from an Australian ATC " block of flats" referring to a jumbo full of Japanese  Smile

User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 15, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 14240 times:

Some others....

Diesel 8 (9, 10) - DC-8 (9, 10)
Whale - 747
Baby Whale - 737
Three-Holer - 727
Sewer Pipe - DC-9/MD80 Series
Airbusted - Any Airbus!
Kosher Clipper - Any flight from PBI / KPBI), USA - Florida">PBI-LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA/EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR
Southernmost Burough of NY - South Florida!
Blow Job - Pneumatic Air Start Unit
Spark Job - Ground Electric Cart
Kick the Tires & Light the Fires - Get in it and GO!
The two types of passengers (scientific names) - Pax Iratus & Pax Stupidii
Svenghali - Gate Agent (as they are omnipotent, omniscient AND omnipresent)!
Animal Control - In-flight Catering

That's it for now...

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool


[Edited 2003-03-19 01:46:11]


DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 16, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 14202 times:

slam-clicker = flight attendant (male or female, usually female) who goes to the hotel, SLAMS the door and CLICKS the lock because of being either 1) very tired or 2) anti-social


Up, up and away!
User currently offlineDeltadude8 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 569 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 14198 times:

At Delta here are some...

MD80/90- Mad Dog
L1011- Tritanic
737- (referring to Express jets) Piece of Sh*t or Pain in my A$$.
757- Crouch Rocket (also used to refer to a motorcycle)
727- beater or Hunk o Junk
MD11- Two t*ts and a Pu$$y (that's an inside joke with about 100 employees, and not meant to be offensive)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

that is all that are coming to mind
MP  Smile


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 18, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 14192 times:

MP/Deltadude8,

Do you mean "crotch rocket" for the 757? (Referring to... ahem... having the thing between your legs)

redngold



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 19, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 14186 times:

A few others...

Rice Rocket - YS11 (also applies to Japanese racing motorcycles)
Speedbird or Queenie - Concorde
Vaginally-Challenged - Obviously gay male F/A

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool



DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 14183 times:

Trailor Park- (common in the late 70s early 80s) when Commuter carriers flew Shorts 330s and 360s and they were parked next to each other on the tarmac.

User currently offlineDeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 14169 times:

My CFI has all these Funny terms for Things that we see when we fly:

Birds become "Boyd" (With a 'w' sound)

Trains become "Twains"

Oh, and he loves saying "a rule of thumb is..."

then, he is constantly making corny jokes that hapf the time I don't get cause I'm trying to fly the damn plane and he's telling me about something totally random and unconnected to Flight training...


Still, I think my CFI is awesome, I wouldn't have another one!

DeltaASA16


User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 14149 times:

CitationJet:

Forgot about "runner". That's an important one. Also, someone mentioned "blow job" for air start unit.

Also remember that the 731/2 used to be called the "Flying Football" because of its rougly lipsyloid shape.

MD-80 - Mad Dog or Muff Diver for the ones that handle badly
Turboprop - Prop Job or Puddle Jumper
737-200-9 - Piece of Sh*t (Vanguard specific vis-a-vis N912MA)
New Pushback Tug - Shamu (refering to it's pristine all-white condition)
Airport Post Office (APO) - Mail House
Itchy Dog or Itchy B*tch - MD-80 that lands on its tail or rotates fully on take-off (think about a dog trying to scratch its crotch on the carpet)
new baggage tug or the person driving them - Speed Racer (they haven't had the governor put on the carbuerator yet)
Flasher - WN a/c on landing (they flash a wing-root light)
New Guys (especially if they screw up a lot) - FNGs (for F-ing New Guys)

Cheers!



Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineRamper@iah From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 14138 times:

A few more:

turns: a trip from the hub and back
stand-ups: very short overnights
blue juice: stuff in the lav toilet
lines: monthly schedules for flight crew
SCAB: someone who crossed a picket line
no wheels, no deals: no wheelchairs, no special pax assistance needed
ferrry: non scheduled flight without passengers (or gay flight attendant)
repo: moving aircraft to another gate after a flight
easy victor: evacuate the aircraft
crop dusting: when flight attendants walk down the aisle and fart


User currently offlineB727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 14126 times:


Some of the slang I have heard, both serious and not so serious:


Aircraft= Jam tin with wings, Bird
Turbo Prop Aircraft= Puddle Jumper, Bug Smasher, Industrial Fans, Buzz-boxes
BAe146= One-Four-Sux, Helicopter
BAe146 Engine= Hair dryer, APU
B727= Three-holer, dragster of the skies, T-tail
Pilots= Drivers, Flyboy/girl, God, Glorrafied bus-drivers
Flight Attendants= Trolly-Dolly, Drinks B*tch, Easys, Hostie, Shag-Bags, Princess (both male and female)
Ground Crew= Ramp-Rat, Bag Smasher
Passengers= Pax, Self-loading cargo
Cargo Operators= Box-heads, Cowboys
Weather= WX
Lav Truck= Sh*t Truck, Honey Cart
Aircraft Passenger Load Limit= Max Pax
First/Business Class= Pointy end

There are many more that I cannot remember right now.

B727-200.


25 Redngold : Ramper: I think the gay flight attendant is a "fairy" which is slang for gay men in general. Elwood: I call those Southwest flashers "party planes" be
26 B747skipper : Crew Scheduling = Body Snatchers 737 or DC-9 = Light Twins Captain's meal = filet mignon or lobster First Officer's meal = chicken or... chicken Maint
27 Redngold : From Air Traffic Control: pushing tin = Air traffic control in general spin = put a plane in a holding pattern kiss my tail = result of a sharp turn/s
28 Trident3 : Couple more ATC related ones Aluminium Shower-a crash Weld- mid air collision also a passenger running to make a flight would be reffered to as a Hag
29 XQ737 : Stewardess - Juicekicker Bae146 - dung-beetle
30 XQ737 : Swearing Metroliner & B752/753 -> flying pencil Not really a slang but pretty cool: A340 -> 5-APU-Aircraft (Only Aircraft of the world with 5 APU's be
31 Turbolet : Maybe a bit off the topic, but I notice that the words 'flight attendant', 'air hostess/steward' and 'cabin crew', though interchangeable, seem to be
32 Tom in NO : cockpit: all male flight crew box office: all female flight crew Tom in NO (at MSY)
33 Post contains images FLYYUL : Because in Montreal we share gates with other companies... We call Air France - Air French USAirways - Useless Air Air Canada - Air Chaos JetsGo- Jets
34 Bapilot2b : the funniest thing over JFK ATC i have heard is a catain calling his 747 a 'Fat As Fourty Seven'. So another one would be Fat Ass Fourty Seven - 747
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