HALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1339 posts, RR: 16 Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7110 times:
I flew with Southwest a few days ago from DEN to LAX and left from gate C41. While waiting for my flight on a seat near the glass window, I noticed smoke billowing upwards just below me. When I looked to see where the smoke was coming from, I noticed a group of WN employees on the ramp were cooking hamburgers and hot dogs on a big gas grill right there on the ramp, between 2 jetways. They had a big spread set up down there with picnic tables and food tables with an assortment of chips and drinks, plates and napkins, and even desserts.
In all my years of travelling around airports, I don't think I have seen any thing like it. Is this unique to WN? Unique to DEN? Are there other employees out there that hold rampside BBQ's? I thought it was pretty cool that the WN employees could do that, and didn't have to pay expensive airport restaurant charges for their lunch break.
Anyone else seen anything like this?
TheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1126 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7085 times:
Quoting HALFA (Thread starter): Is this unique to WN? Unique to DEN? Are there other employees out there that hold rampside BBQ's? I thought it was pretty cool that the WN employees could do that, and didn't have to pay expensive airport restaurant charges for their lunch break.
Anyone else seen anything like this?
I don't know how common it is at airlines like UA, or US, but at the newer, younger airlines it is much more common than you think. There is some down time between flights and I can't think of something better to do when its a nice day.
There is at least one grill down at the A concourse that belongs to the people that push the planes with the animal tails.
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LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24158 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7041 times:
A few weeks back there was a similar BBQ here at LAX hosted by DL for their NW counterparts.
I personaly remember attending many such events with American West seemingly being a pretty frequent host at T-1, with Continental doing similar over at their hangar, while Air NZ also hosting a pretty large annual BBQ at LAX at their cargo facility.
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Nwaesc From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3370 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6791 times:
Quoting AASTEW (Reply 6): They also have had fabulous BBQ's on numerous occasions at AA EWR!
Separate, but still in the same vein, AA FSC's in PDX used to put on a *great* breakfast! It was also dirt cheap. it became so popular, that the restaurants in the terminal complained about the loss of business, and the airport asked them to stop....
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PHLJJS From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 416 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6768 times:
I remember a couple of years ago when WN opened PHL, they had a BBQ on the ramp I think for Memorial Day and invited all airport employees to attend even those from different airlines. I also saw them have one in TPA once as well.
It's very common at WN and it is a system-wide thing. Often local management, our culture comity, or sometimes even folks from Headquarters will throw a BBQ at a station to celebrate various occasions and/or accomplishments.
When I was at SJC the grill was used more often, at times just guys bringing their own stuff to grill. At SAN, it's more limited to special occasions.
[Edited 2008-09-27 13:02:43]
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Dw9115 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 449 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6700 times:
I Know Delta (Comair), United and Northwest (ATS) all grill out at Sioux Falls (FSD) even in the dead of winter there is someone standing outside in a huge coat grilling. I have seen Continental and US Airways do the same in Omaha (OMA). The company I work for also grills out frequently.
CVG2LGA From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 623 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6589 times:
We had a grillout a week and a half ago here in CVG at concourse B's gate 10 for our excellent baggage performance. We've also had other times at concourse C around gate 47. One I know was when we came out of bankruptcy and another one I can't remember why.
It's pretty neat, everyone is getting along and its just nice to be at work but take a step back from the mundane routine. And for any aviation nuts, its pretty awesome to sit on the ramp grilling out next to a 767 or CRJ.
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YXXMIKE From Canada, joined Apr 2008, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6563 times:
when i was still working the ramp at YXX (70kms east of YVR) we used to always have the BBQ fired up in between the WS early afternoon flight and late afternoon flight. Something I miss! The local fireman who was stationed there always came over and joined in as well; he said he was there to ensure fire safety was being adhered to right as he was cooking up a steak!
A BBQ isn't a safety hazard as long as you use some common sense, and the beauty of most airports is the fact that your never far away from a big fire extinguisher!
HALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1339 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6479 times:
Wow, I'm amazed. All these BBQ's going on around our country's airports and I never noticed it until last week.
So for you airport BBQers, does someone just bring a grill to work with them or are the grills left in your break rooms/ramp rooms for all to use? Do you need any special permission from the airport authority or do they look the other way after you've just given them a T-Bone?
Are airline employees outside N. America doing this in Asia, S. America, Europe? Anyone?
I'm gonna work on getting one started here in HNL.
Sounds like where I work. The airport police and airport ops people here can smell a grill a mile away. Their little excuse for telling us not to grill is that there is a huge fire hazard created by grilling on the ramp. We just think they're jealous because we don't invite them.
Sounds more than a little arrogant to me. Sure tney can cite safety, but have the ever looked at other airports that allow this and see that no big disaster occurs? There probably on the side of some tight wide corporate suit that can't phathom employees being anything more than robots.
San747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6241 times:
When I was training at PHX for US last August, I recall seeing some guys having a BBQ. It wasn't too remarkable except for the fact that it was about 110 degrees out!!! But you know what? It's never too hot to have a nice hot dog or burger!
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