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User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1347 posts, RR: 15
Posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7147 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?

HALFA


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User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7122 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.

Checko



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User currently offlineNwaesc From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3380 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7082 times:

In PDX, every time WN had a new hire come on board (or transfer in), they had a BBQ to welcome them.


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24710 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7078 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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User currently offlineCOTPARampGuy From United States of America, joined exactly 6 years ago today! , 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7037 times:

We've had a couple BBQs put on by CO and DGS. We usually have it in the breezeway and not actually on the ramp though.

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6939 times:

When I was at WN in PHX, we had a quite a few BBQ's a year. It is pretty common throughout the WN system.

Quoting COTPARampGuy (Reply 4):
We usually have it in the breezeway and not actually on the ramp though.

Ours was always on the ramp.



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User currently offlineAASTEW From Dominican Republic, joined Oct 2001, 447 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6904 times:

They also have had fabulous BBQ's on numerous occasions at AA EWR!


AASTEW


User currently offlineOOer From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1462 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6843 times:

Had many BBQs in my short time at WN in MCO, and also had BBQs in DEN while working for OO. They were always on a big grill on the ramp...visible to passengers etc...

Raises employee morale etc...!!!!


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21423 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6832 times:



Quoting OOer (Reply 7):
also had BBQs in DEN while working for OO.

I went to one of those while I was interning there. It's a nice way to meet people and build camaraderie.

-Mir



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User currently offlineNwaesc From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3380 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6828 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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User currently offlinePHLJJS From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6805 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.

User currently offlineAzncsa4qf744er From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6803 times:

UAX/OO would have a BBQ every so often too. They hell their's behind passengers view. I was invited to one a few month ago.....

User currently offlineBinmonster From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6796 times:

The Delta Ramp in ATL is famous for ramp cook outs.
Being the south its not burgers and hot dogs.

I was on a flight to ATL 17SEP and arrvived on the E concourse at 1200Noon
They had a full grill going rib's and chicken.


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4760 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6759 times:
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Quoting HALFA (Thread starter):
Is this unique to WN? Unique to DEN?

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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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5959 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6736 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 3):
American West

AmericA West.  Wink

We always had large cookouts with WN at cargo. Most of the time, we were trying to one-up each other by bringing in fancier items.  Wink



Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
User currently offlineDw9115 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 449 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6737 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.

User currently offlineCVG2LGA From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 630 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6626 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.


Tchau

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User currently offlineYXXMIKE From Canada, joined Apr 2008, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6600 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!


User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1347 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6516 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?  Smile
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.

Aloha,
HALFA



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User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 41
Reply 19, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6490 times:

If you try that here at AMS they'll probably shoot you. I heard from the older employees it used to be common practise. But things have changed apparantly.

Sander



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User currently offlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1611 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6441 times:

Quoting Aviationfreak (Reply 19):
If you try that here at AMS they'll probably shoot you.

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.

[Edited 2008-09-27 15:41:07]


Hey Swifty
User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 41
Reply 21, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6384 times:

For the airport authority it's the same as airside smoking. They take your airside pass and effectively you'll lose your job.

Sander



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User currently offlineDsuairptman From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 891 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6360 times:



Quoting Aviationfreak (Reply 21):

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.



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User currently offlineSideflare75 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 613 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6322 times:

We used to do this in MKE at YX until the Fire Chief a few years back put a halt to it. No open flames allowed on the ramp. Someone bought an electric grill but its not the same.

User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4941 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6278 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!  Smile


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25 Grain : we had a bbq out here in slc ramp when it was snowing outside. i had to grab some burgers in between de-icing planes.
26 Ramprat74 : We have two gas grills here at UA PDX. The rampers have one, and the mechanics have one. We use the grills all the time. We have the best German meat
27 PITops : We've had BBQs at PIT out on the ramp too. The ACAA frowns upon it though. They feel left out I guess.
28 GARUDAROD : Ahhh, the famous Air NZ bbq's. Those were the day. Havent been to one in years, but it was always a big hit on the airport social calender. Also for
29 FXramper : Have been present for FX bbqs at AFW. AUS, EWR, MEM, and LAX. At the smallest of these ramps, AUS, they have 3 grills for cooking. On my way to Memphi
30 Midex461 : YV and US BBQ occasionally at PHX. It's been a while since I worked at T4, but I remember occasions when we'd cook out. YV usually grilled under the B
31 Rwy04LGA : Delta had one a few weeks ago at LGA. Our NW brethren joined us and a good time was had by all.
32 DAirbus : Delta TechOps in ATL used to have a big grill made out of old 50 gallon drums which was built on a chassis and could be towed to wherever they were ha
33 Fiveholer : When I was doing my initial at IAH last summer for CO. They had one on northside C right there on the ramp outside the classrooms. Also, 2 nights ago
34 JayDub : We had them at FL in DFW every now and again...the grill was my baby on those days. We just got clearance from the airport fire chief a few days in a
35 AirPortugal310 : Used to do it all the time at Cape Air in BOS...$5 buy in got you all the food you could stuff yourself silly with Massport didnt usually care (for on
36 Bagpipes : in TPA with AirTran, we'd have a bbq every couple of months and we would have fundraisers for our holiday party. I remember UA had a HUGE BBQ to benef
37 Dinker225 : I had an Alaska pilot a few weeks ago complain to me on Ground control that there was an "open fire" too close to the nose of his airplane. He demande
38 NWAESC : Gartners?
39 Virgin747 : Perimeter Airlines in Winnipeg has a brand new BBQ this summer actually to replace the one that bit the dust last year.
40 FlyASAGuy2005 : At ASA, we had an employee appreciation BBQ about twice a year. It was always at between C39 and C41 where the mini stores department was. I attended
41 Burnsie28 : NW in DEN also has a grill just outside of their offices. Delta and NW frequently hold BBQ's on the ramp, I know NW just hosted a big one and invited
42 Burnsie28 : Nifty, so both NW and DL hosted ones in LAX.
43 G4LASRamper : We BBQ all the time at LAS. Right under our D-Gates - just had a big one for a retirement party Thursday. Plus we have another grill at our maintenanc
44 Ramprat74 : Thats the place.
45 Platinumfoota : UA has its BBQ in LAX down at the hangar. When I was there we had several cook outs, some to benefit the families of employees who had passed away, ot
46 FlyASAGuy2005 : I was told that when they (ASA) use to have the BBQs on D, everyone was invited. I guess anyone can come and eat on C but it would usually only be Ai
47 Dsuairptman : We had a cook out in my current SOC once. Of course no open flames allowed, but we did a pretty good job with George Forman grills Don't recall it bei
48 B777ER : Geeezzz,,, you would have thought out in HNL, you guys would be grilling mahi mahi every week!
49 Doug_Or : Well..... Invite them! Thats what we do.
50 TCFC424 : At UA in AUS we have a grill and use it occasionally. Our afternoon shift has gotten really busy this summer, so we dont really have time like we used
51 Onaclearday : F9 enjoys BBQ'ing on the ramp in DEN too. Always a nice time...
52 KingAir200 : Hahaha. I wish that would take care of it. They are a no fun bunch of people.
53 PVD757 : At PVD, we have established designated areas where each airline can grill/have a cookout. Per the NFPA rules, we cannot have a source of flame closer
54 Post contains links and images Luv2cattlecall : Great idea! Reminds me of those milk/oil trucks converted into a grill... VX has a neat grill at their HQ:
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