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Int'l Flight In Japan -what Does This "this Guy" Do?  
User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1099 posts, RR: 13
Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3766 times:

Throughout the past few years, I've been traveling through Japan, and photographing a lot at Narita, Haneda, and Nagoya. At Narita I have noticed that (at least for international departures) there's an "officer" who stands near the nose of the aircraft, doing absolutely nothing during preparations for departure - or during turnarounds. Does anyone know what this person is actually assigned to do? Are they involved with customs, or are they watching for ground accidents involving the airplane? This has always been a curious job to me. Was wondering if anyone knew.

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United 747-400 @ Tokyo Narita airport


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User currently offlinepetera380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 353 posts, RR: 0
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That will be for security fo US bound flights I would imagine.

User currently offlineplanesailing From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 816 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

Quoting MEL (Thread starter):
Throughout the past few years, I've been traveling through Japan, and photographing a lot at Narita, Haneda, and Nagoya. At Narita I have noticed that (at least for international departures) there's an "officer" who stands near the nose of the aircraft, doing absolutely nothing during preparations for departure - or during turnarounds. Does anyone know what this person is actually assigned to do? Are they involved with customs, or are they watching for ground accidents involving the airplane? This has always been a curious job to me. Was wondering if anyone knew.

Is it just for US airlines aircraft?

In which case, they have a requirement for the turnaround to be secure, therefore people are employeed to guard the aircraft. They will check anyone who comes on to the stand and their ID's as well as a pat down search.


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