RamerinianAir From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1489 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3108 times:
I have never seen this happen and always wondered! I mostly traveled out of JFK and LGA when my Mother worked for TW. After they were "aquired"(more like dissolved into AA) my Mother didn't work there anymore and we started to fly DL/CO. This was very convienant due to their service out of ISP, now even more convienant with their partnership. Anyway, I wanted to know what the airlines does for passengers when it is raining heavy or snowing?
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 8069 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3062 times:
In SCE, occasionally if it was a heavy downpour, we have a bucket of umbrellas we would lend to passengers that wanted them to walk out to the aircraft. Only a handful of passengers would use them, most would just run.
Snow, nothing, you don't get too wet from being out in the snow for a minute.
Jetblue From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 396 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2957 times:
In SBN, we make 'em run. Normally we will wait and have all the gate checks out of the plane before we let them deplane. When we board the flight back up, we have a few umbrellas and will hand them out by request.
The snow isn't as much of a problem because it doesn't drench you. It sure would be nice to use the jetbridge on days like that!
We know for you it's not just a seat on a flight to a place. It's a seat on a flight to your life.
LimaFoxTango From Antigua and Barbuda, joined Jun 2004, 894 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2945 times:
In SJU one time, Caribbean Sun gave us some very nice umbrellas as we exited the terminal building. It's a pitty they took them back at the door when we boarded. I remember here in ANU, passengers on an American Eagle flight were shuttled back and forth in cars and minivans. ANU doesn't have jetways.
You are said to be a good pilot when your take-off's equal your landings.
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3067 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2860 times:
Often they'll have have a basket of umbrellas by the gate--as the pax board, each person can take one, then drop it off with an agent at the door of the plane. When they run out of umbrellas, the agent brings them back to the gate, and the process starts again. Same (in reverse) on arrival.
I've seen this done a few places, most recently (and very efficiently!) by Aeromexico: on arrival at OAX during a rainstorm, and then on departure from SJD during a torrential downpour as Hurricane Marty approached the area. It rains a lot in Mexico in September, so I guess they've had plenty of practice!
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2857 times:
At FAI, you have to run for the plane. It gets to be a problem when AS is using their one 732 combi that doesn't have the built in airstairs. They use a metal staircase which can get slippery in the snow.
The most hazardous thing about boarding via the stairs at FAI is the constant layer of ice that covers the tarmac. That gets somewhat slippery.
RamerinianAir From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
Thanks guys! I figured that they would have something a little better than Umbrellas or Running. I saw in ALB a set of stairs that had an overhang which protected passengers for the elements. I figured that maybe they had a portable tarp or overhang that the passengers could move under. I guess that Umbrellas would work - You probably only need something when it is absolutely pouring.