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Has Anyone Loaded A Plane By Themselves?  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6565 posts, RR: 51
Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4387 times:

I did it this morning. Let me tell you, not that fun. 80 bags and 33 boxes of cargo. At least the flight left on time, not sure how I pulled that one off. I am basically as exhausted and as frustrated as i've ever been.

So tell me....what are some of your horror stories from the ramp?

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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4368 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I did it this morning. Let me tell you, not that fun. 80 bags and 33 boxes of cargo. At least the flight left on time, not sure how I pulled that one off. I am basically as exhausted and as frustrated as i've ever been.

How and why did that happen?

I did load about 5 bags into a DHC8-300, does that count? Hey I get extra point cause i was a customer service agent who just liked to be all over the place, when I should have been on the ticket counter or at the gate. Big grin



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User currently offlineSAS-A321 From Denmark, joined Mar 2002, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4360 times:

I was working in Billund Airport in Denmark EKBI and one morning the SAS Dash 8-Q400 I just loaded had a low level of oxygen in the bottle for the pilots, so they changed to another Q400, which should leave an hour later. So all the luggage had to come out and into the other aircraft and they only left with 5-10 minutes delay. Beside that I also had to connect a heater as the aircraft was close to frozen.


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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6565 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4348 times:

Quoting Captaink (Reply 1):
How and why did that happen?

I'm wondering that myself. I'm not at liberty to post the circumstances on here, but shoot me an IM, and i'll be happy to share more info.


User currently offlineDABZF From Germany, joined Mar 2004, 1200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4339 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
80 bags and 33 boxes of cargo.

...try to do that 5 times in 2 hours (both loading and unloading) with a 25knot wind throwing snow on your face in -30Celcius!  cold   cold   cold   cold   cold   cold 
Never did it for a "day job" but I was doing weekends and evenings one winter... while holding a "day job" in the warmth of the office!



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User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4312 times:
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Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I did it this morning. Let me tell you, not that fun. 80 bags and 33 boxes of cargo. At least the flight left on time, not sure how I pulled that one off. I am basically as exhausted and as frustrated as i've ever been.

So tell me....what are some of your horror stories from the ramp?

Ahh yes, they joys of an EMO at AirTran. My worst was 120 bags plus carryons on an EMO. I would put ten bags at a time on the belt loader, jump in the bin, shoot them up to myself, get out and do it again. The front was easier because i could just throw them to the back of bin two. In addition I stocked the galley ice, filled the beer kits, hooked up the pushback and tow bar, and a partridge in a pear tree. I sort of miss those days.



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User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2704 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4143 times:

Not the whole plane, but I did once as a passenger.

On June 23, 1991, I was flying with my 7 person family from SMI to ATH on OA. As we were walking across the tarmac towards the turbo-prop, the flight attendant announced something like "the baggage handlers are on strike, if you want your bags to make it to Athens, you will have to load them yourselves." At which point, all of the passengers made a mad dash for the luggage cart to find their luggage and toss it into the cargo hold. It was a free for all. In addition, the engines were already started and the blades were slowly spinning. It was one of the craziest things I have ever seen. When we got to Athens, we told the customer service agents what happened and they just looked at us with no expression.


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4124 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
Has Anyone Loaded A Plane By Themselves

Nope, but I UNLOADED one.

CO1191 back in the day. MD80. Intel said we had drugs in a suitcase. To maintain Chain of Custody my partner watched the suspect, and I unloaded the plane, and then put the bags on the belt. My kudos to every Ramper out there.




 biggrin  We got the dope and the arrest by the by.


User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4118 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I did it this morning. Let me tell you, not that fun. 80 bags and 33 boxes of cargo. At least the flight left on time, not sure how I pulled that one off. I am basically as exhausted and as frustrated as i've ever been.

So tell me....what are some of your horror stories from the ramp?

Dude! Why? Why kill yourself like that? Guaranteed had you injured yourself doing that, the company would've written you off.

Not worth it, IMO.

No horror stories yet, just general frustration some days with lack of equipment.



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4099 times:

I do it every time I go flying by myself...

Of course, we're talking a four-passenger aircraft  Wink



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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4783 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4043 times:
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Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
So tell me....what are some of your horror stories from the ramp?

I loaded one by myself a couple weeks ago. I had just started my shift at 3:00pm and began working my first flight. I marshall it in, chock it...pull everything up all by myself. Look around wondering who is supposed to be with me on the gate. Look around for a supervisor in my zone. No one. Luckily the bag runner showed up so we took care of the offload. After that, I look around, not really caring if anyone shows up. There comes a time when you just get fed up with people not being where they are supposed to be, that you just say well, if we take a delay I don't care, I can only do so much as one person. So, I had a cart and a half to load (luckily that was all) and I began loading it...first the front, then the back. Get it all done, finish the paperwork on time and the flight is ready to go. I'm still looking around, wondering when someone, even a supervisor would show up. No one. Finally, a supervisor drives by and I flag him down. He didn't know who was supposed to be my partner so he got on the radio to find out. No luck, so he walks the flight out as I push.

Lack of communication on the part of the supervisors caused the other position at my gate to go uncovered.

So yes, to answer your question I have loaded a plane by myself.

[Edited 2007-04-12 21:37:33]


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User currently offlineMDW717 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4016 times:

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 5):
Ahh yes, they joys of an EMO at AirTran. My worst was 120 bags plus carryons on an EMO. I would put ten bags at a time on the belt loader, jump in the bin, shoot them up to myself, get out and do it again. The front was easier because i could just throw them to the back of bin two. In addition I stocked the galley ice, filled the beer kits, hooked up the pushback and tow bar, and a partridge in a pear tree. I sort of miss those days.

Depending on how early they checked in, don't forget tagging some of those bags at the ticket counter. Then once you've loaded, going upstairs to push wheelchairs down while the gate agent boards the flight, stopping in the galley to chat with the flight attendants and get a cup of coffee, and still making it downstairs to push the plane out 10 early.

Now THAT's an AirTran EMO. Really gets the blood flowing at 5:35 in the morning.  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineGraphic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3989 times:

Yeah, last time I went flying I tossed my flight bag in the backseat, and after a quick but thorough preflight, I was off Big grin

User currently offlineAirPortugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3626 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3921 times:

Its a game at numbers at Cape Air....but after a summer day...you have probably loaded the equivalent of 3 737-sized planes by yourself.

Numbers add up without you realizing it...One boring winter day I kept track of the bag weights for our planes (as called in by the ramp) and it totalled up to 3300 pounds of bags....which is interesting when we are talking 9-seat Cessna 402's

On a summer day....id put that number easily near 10,000 pounds....easily



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User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1384 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3903 times:

I do it everyday! Mind you the plane is only a DHC-2 Beaver  Wink

Cal  airplane 



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User currently offlineCWAFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 669 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3888 times:

Lots of Metros and Brasilias loaded by myself. I was young and could go the distance at the time.

User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3878 times:

Quoting MattRB (Reply 8):
Dude! Why? Why kill yourself like that? Guaranteed had you injured yourself doing that, the company would've written you off.

Sometimes you have to do what you have to do..... no choice, did it to many times helping on 737-7 no fun 150-160 bags off and on... if I think about it now..... just plain st..... but back then, hell no bring it on. A lot changed since the whole LCC crap started airlines want to pay less and less for ramp services and the ramp guys have to pay for it.

Cheers,


User currently offlineDispatcher From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 254 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3842 times:

Used to do it all the time at Great Lakes (United Express), of course it was only a BE-1900! Heck, I was the ticket agent, CSA, baggage handler, security screener, de-icer, aircraft marshaler and whatever else needed to be done. Funniest was as I was sheparding the passengers to the plane (not having yet seen the flight crew) one of them asked quiet seriously and with bit of a worried look on his face, "are you going to be flying us too?". Pretty funny and fun stuff back in the day.

User currently offlineAirPortugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3626 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3821 times:

Quoting Dispatcher (Reply 17):
Funniest was as I was sheparding the passengers to the plane (not having yet seen the flight crew) one of them asked quiet seriously and with bit of a worried look on his face, "are you going to be flying us too?". Pretty funny and fun stuff back in the day.

Back in the day....heck....that stuff still happens everyday here at 9K. Its actually kind of gratifying...at least the people notice that your doing work and maybe appreciate it!



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User currently offlineCharlienorth From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1122 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

In 1981 I unloaded an ATA B720 by myself at MSP,a military charter (Minn Nat'l Guard) it was summer.laaate at night,no help,turned out a friend of mine was on it and said people were b(*&^%$g about how long it was taking,and he was saying "hey they probably only have one guy unloading it" .

User currently offlineSmokeyrosco From Ireland, joined Dec 2005, 2112 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3807 times:

Loaded many ATR's a couple of 146's and the very odd (but light) MD-80 have started unloading aircraft on my own while I'm waiting for some muscle from another flight, don't ask me bag numbers because it's nearly a year now since I done that job, but there would often be 40 bags on the ATR's and upwards of 80 on the 146's.


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User currently offlineFXRA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3807 times:

Well not quite by myself, I had a person on the tug bringing me the cans. I was the sole person on the main deck of a DC-10 a couple times. Not that it was as hard as you think, since the plane slopes down hill form the door, every pretty much rolls in place once you get the back 10 locked in. After the main deck was finished we did the same on the bellies.

We did have the problem of not having enough signatures on the paperwork... but we improvised. I'll leave it at that.



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3768 times:

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 14):
do it everyday! Mind you the plane is only a DHC-2 Beaver Wink

Cal airplane

"Only" ?!?!?!?

Okay, serious case of envy here...I'd love to get my hands on a Beaver...especially one on floats Big grin



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3712 times:

Once while at FL. Of course it was an extremely light flight in terms of passengers (The last flight on the ATL-TYS route on Saturdays usually had a dozen or so pax on it.).

At EV, multiple times a week, especially on the last flights of the night when we had three rampers left on the gate and three flights to load up at the same time. We'd each take an a/c to load and get the pushback hooked up to. One night while working on a different gate than the one I usually worked, I loaded an ATR-72 by myself (including the valet bags.).


User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4942 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3586 times:

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 10):

I loaded one by myself a couple weeks ago. I had just started my shift at 3:00pm and began working my first flight. I marshall it in, chock it...pull everything up all by myself. Look around wondering who is supposed to be with me on the gate. Look around for a supervisor in my zone. No one. Luckily the bag runner showed up so we took care of the offload. After that, I look around, not really caring if anyone shows up. There comes a time when you just get fed up with people not being where they are supposed to be, that you just say well, if we take a delay I don't care, I can only do so much as one person. So, I had a cart and a half to load (luckily that was all) and I began loading it...first the front, then the back. Get it all done, finish the paperwork on time and the flight is ready to go. I'm still looking around, wondering when someone, even a supervisor would show up. No one. Finally, a supervisor drives by and I flag him down. He didn't know who was supposed to be my partner so he got on the radio to find out. No luck, so he walks the flight out as I push.

Lack of communication on the part of the supervisors caused the other position at my gate to go uncovered.

So yes, to answer your question I have loaded a plane by myself.

[Edited 2007-04-12 21:37:33]

Jeez, man! That must've sucked! I don't have any horror stories yet, since I've only been working on the ramp since March 23rd, but I have had to offload bags on an MD-80 alone in the pit before... Not too bad, but you really gotta haul ass when there's no one else in there with you!



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25 JayDub : Been there. 717 with almost 60 bags and a bunch of heavy cargo. I would load one box onto the beltloader...move it forward...load another...repeat. Th
26 Post contains images MSYtristar : Our belt loader was on the fritz so I put about 15 bags in at a time, jumped in, stacked them, put 15 more in, stacked them, etc. The bags weren't so
27 Nickstyro : If you have worked the ramp for any amount of time you will have encountered this situation. Just a few days ago I loaded A CRJ-700 with 107 bags, jus
28 SpencerII : Used to do it all the time when I worked for SkyWest as a cross-utilized agent at an Idaho Station with SWM's and EM2's. They had the worst ground equ
29 Avianca : well never did it personally, the only that I know that I can imagine that the workers on the ramp hat me as we often have relativly heavy cargo that
30 Flyibaby : I just did this two weeks ago. I had back to back CRJ900s each with 125 bags. This can fit with no problem, but half of them were golf clubs. I got th
31 JetJeanes : with a 6 am arrival and 630 departure,, and the morning crews come in late your doing about 10 jobs at one fricking time in 30 minutes....that tells m
32 Post contains links and images FighterPilot : Check this out: Day In The Life Of A Seaplane Dockhand - Pics (by FighterPilot Oct 12 2006 in Trip Reports) I love my job! Cal
33 N587NK : I've done that too along with the EMB120s. ZK didnt exactly have the best ground equipment either LOL
34 Levent : I once loaded an Ilyushin Il-18 by myself, at Maastricht Airport. First with live chicks in the main cabin - thousands and thousands of them packed in
35 Post contains images Tripleboom : Oh yeah. Most times out of OMA on the originating Airbus one agent goes with the first run of bags to the a/c. Loads all the cargo and bags they can..
36 EKSkycargo370 : This topic does no surprise me,with all these handling agents out there these days trying to operate on a shoestring with skeleton staff manning level
37 M404 : I thought those days were over but it's just not so. We see it all the time with regional carriers and especially ones that are worked by third party
38 Post contains images KELPkid : I can see why. I think I'd love it too
39 Antoniemey : Hrm... well, I've loaded a few light CRJs by myself... I didn't do that quite by myself, but unloaded and loaded a 757 in the pouring rain with just m
40 Hiflyer : Ahh yes...one man loading. Best thing about open bag carts and the ol 727. Just back the ol cart up to the cargo door and stand on the cart and just h
41 L-188 : Cod Milt and Salmon roe. Do I need to say more? I haven't had to do a 727 or 737 by myself, but I have been down to the point where there where only
42 Post contains images HPRamper : I've done it with a CR9 many times using the exact technique described by AirTran737 After that I'd close 'er up, and then go bring down the carrydow
43 Callsigncitrus : ahhhh yes the joy of too many flights with very few people. I too have loaded bags the way AirTran737 spoke of. He might have even showed me a trick o
44 N587NK : Also ZKs last day in APN we worked a charter TZ 727 to LAS. Myself and my station manager loaded the bags on a hot september day(hot and september in
45 Legend11 : Back in the mid 70's I was working a Sunday for ZW in LAF, and for some reason we had extra sections running out of ORD. Had a DHC6 and 2 SW4's schedu
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