redngold
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Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Tue Mar 18, 2003 8:56 am

Over in Tech/Ops there was a thread gathering technical terms for a A.net glossary. But here in this forum I see quite a bit of slang being used, so I'm asking for people to contribute here (whether or not it makes it into the glossary.)

For example:

Bagsmasher = baggage handler
Flyboy = pilot (male)

Can someone tell me, what is the difference between a "bagsmasher" and a "ramp rat"? Is it possible for them to be the same, or are they always different?

Anyone have any slang terms for other airport personnel, such as security, ticket counter personnel, ATC's, crew schedulers, flight plan filers, etc.? How about other airline personnel?
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Tue Mar 18, 2003 11:31 am

"rent-a-cop" - airport security agent
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Tue Mar 18, 2003 12:09 pm

Redngold, there is no difference between a bag smasher and a ramp rat, they are interchangeable terms.

How about towbars for aircraft mechanics and coneheads for avionics technicians? Also (and no flame hate mail for this one) skysluts for F/A's (regardless of gender) and crew schedulers were always just known as "skroods"  Smile

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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Tue Mar 18, 2003 12:12 pm

A "Hot shot" is a pilot who taxi's without his ground lights on.
"Stealth Mode" is a plane that takes off with lights on, and shuts them off after take off.
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Tue Mar 18, 2003 1:04 pm

Towbars for aircraft mechanics? I need clarification on that one.

Captains are often refered to as "skipper" or "god', sometimes "pain in the ass"
(and others that can't be listed"
A new one to me was a "lav technician" pretty nice title for a guy that dumps poo!!

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Tue Mar 18, 2003 3:08 pm

lav truck - sh*t mobile
baggage cart - sleeping bag (I can't wait to see responses to this!)
SABRE - Stupid A$$ Broken Record Error
Crew Scheduling - Screw Scheduling
Trash Can - File 13
Drug Test - Pee Test
Customer Service Agents - "The Girls"
GSE - mechs, greasers
Mail Transfer Driver - Mail B*tch
Terrorist - Dead Man
Baggage Services - NOH (No One Home)
Baggage Carousel (up or down) - "The Belt"
bin door - workmen's comp device
station manager - boss
director of stations - Jesus
VP operations - God
Tow Bar - Rod (referring to male anatomy)

To a gay employee:

"Ron, I don't like you sneakin' up behind me with a rod in your hand. Just 'cause I'm the Mail B*tch doesn't mean I'm one of The Girls. Now get back in the Sh*t Truck before I make a Terrorist out of you. You'll have a lot of trouble with Pee Tests by the time I'm finished."

Swear to God I said that one day...

Those were our terms at Vanguard. I'm sure that many of them were unique, but several of them I'm certain were relatively common.
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Tue Mar 18, 2003 3:44 pm

Back before advance purchase fares.....when people actually could book a cheap ticket without paying any money upfront.....there was an expression about "a flight falling apart."

It was particularly true during a holiday period, when people might have booked XMas reservations in June and forgotten about them. You would have a 118 seat airplane, with a lid (number it booked to) of 147 or 152.....and clear all your standbys and still only go out with 90 people on board. That was a flight "falling apart".

We used to encourage standby passengers by telling them "go on out to the airport, you'll get on, the flights always fall apart during the holidays."

The ultimate example of this was during Southwest's first Labor Day serving Harlingen, TX (I believe it was '75) No computers yet...the reservations were kept on index cards and a month or two before the flight counted and filed....and the rez agents were told not to sell any more on the flights that were full.

Flight 125 on the Friday before Labor Day. 118 seat airplane. Leave Dallas Love 7:30 pm, arrive Houston Hobby 8:20, lv Houston Hobby at 8:30, arrive Harlingen at 9:20.

Towards the end of July when they went thru the box with all of the September cards.....to everyone's dismay there were 376 people booked on that flight.

However, we learned real fast that God was looking after Southwest Airlines Co. If there was any doubt, this will prove it.

Right before the Labor Day weekend, a hurricane entered the Gulf of Mexico and threatened the lower Rio Grande Valley/Harlingen area. Hurricane warnings, Whitewing season disrupted, everyone's beach vacation plans shot to smithereens.

The flight booked to 376 folks.....went out with 28 revenue passengers, mainly news reporters going to cover the hurricane, and all of them stand by.

That was the ultimate instance of a flight falling apart.

 
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Tue Mar 18, 2003 4:32 pm

Loco = Low Cost [carrier]
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Tue Mar 18, 2003 8:46 pm

Jungle Jet - Embraer
Whisper Jet - BAe-146
Air ScabbyDig - Air Scandic
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Wed Mar 19, 2003 2:58 am

Jurassic Jet / 3 Holer - Boeing 727
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Wed Mar 19, 2003 3:09 am

I just know Rottweiler = Female Chief Purser
 
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Wed Mar 19, 2003 3:20 am

Lav Truck - honey truck
Super Slug - MD-80 (because if flies slow)
Super Tube - MD-80
A runner - a last minute passenger running from the ticket counter to the gate

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Wed Mar 19, 2003 3:30 am

I'm just putting the list into alphabetical order and adding other user's list into the main one. I'll be sending the list to Hepkat and it'll hopefully be online soon!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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redngold
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 3:32 am

I heard "box jet" for Avro/BAe-146.


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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 9:15 am

I heard some slang from an Australian ATC " block of flats" referring to a jumbo full of Japanese  Smile
 
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 9:45 am

Some others....

Diesel 8 (9, 10) - DC-8 (9, 10)
Whale - 747
Baby Whale - 737
Three-Holer - 727
Sewer Pipe - DC-9/MD80 Series
Airbusted - Any Airbus!
Kosher Clipper - Any flight from PBI / KPBI), USA - Florida">PBI-LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA/EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR
Southernmost Burough of NY - South Florida!
Blow Job - Pneumatic Air Start Unit
Spark Job - Ground Electric Cart
Kick the Tires & Light the Fires - Get in it and GO!
The two types of passengers (scientific names) - Pax Iratus & Pax Stupidii
Svenghali - Gate Agent (as they are omnipotent, omniscient AND omnipresent)!
Animal Control - In-flight Catering

That's it for now...

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[Edited 2003-03-19 01:46:11]
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redngold
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 12:11 pm

slam-clicker = flight attendant (male or female, usually female) who goes to the hotel, SLAMS the door and CLICKS the lock because of being either 1) very tired or 2) anti-social
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 12:28 pm

At Delta here are some...

MD80/90- Mad Dog
L1011- Tritanic
737- (referring to Express jets) Piece of Sh*t or Pain in my A$$.
757- Crouch Rocket (also used to refer to a motorcycle)
727- beater or Hunk o Junk
MD11- Two t*ts and a Pu$$y (that's an inside joke with about 100 employees, and not meant to be offensive)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

that is all that are coming to mind
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redngold
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Wed Mar 19, 2003 12:30 pm

MP/Deltadude8,

Do you mean "crotch rocket" for the 757? (Referring to... ahem... having the thing between your legs)

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MxCtrlr
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 12:33 pm

A few others...

Rice Rocket - YS11 (also applies to Japanese racing motorcycles)
Speedbird or Queenie - Concorde
Vaginally-Challenged - Obviously gay male F/A

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Wed Mar 19, 2003 12:40 pm

Trailor Park- (common in the late 70s early 80s) when Commuter carriers flew Shorts 330s and 360s and they were parked next to each other on the tarmac.
 
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 12:56 pm

My CFI has all these Funny terms for Things that we see when we fly:

Birds become "Boyd" (With a 'w' sound)

Trains become "Twains"

Oh, and he loves saying "a rule of thumb is..."

then, he is constantly making corny jokes that hapf the time I don't get cause I'm trying to fly the damn plane and he's telling me about something totally random and unconnected to Flight training...


Still, I think my CFI is awesome, I wouldn't have another one!

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Wed Mar 19, 2003 2:19 pm

CitationJet:

Forgot about "runner". That's an important one. Also, someone mentioned "blow job" for air start unit.

Also remember that the 731/2 used to be called the "Flying Football" because of its rougly lipsyloid shape.

MD-80 - Mad Dog or Muff Diver for the ones that handle badly
Turboprop - Prop Job or Puddle Jumper
737-200-9 - Piece of Sh*t (Vanguard specific vis-a-vis N912MA)
New Pushback Tug - Shamu (refering to it's pristine all-white condition)
Airport Post Office (APO) - Mail House
Itchy Dog or Itchy B*tch - MD-80 that lands on its tail or rotates fully on take-off (think about a dog trying to scratch its crotch on the carpet)
new baggage tug or the person driving them - Speed Racer (they haven't had the governor put on the carbuerator yet)
Flasher - WN a/c on landing (they flash a wing-root light)
New Guys (especially if they screw up a lot) - FNGs (for F-ing New Guys)

Cheers!
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 2:42 pm

A few more:

turns: a trip from the hub and back
stand-ups: very short overnights
blue juice: stuff in the lav toilet
lines: monthly schedules for flight crew
SCAB: someone who crossed a picket line
no wheels, no deals: no wheelchairs, no special pax assistance needed
ferrry: non scheduled flight without passengers (or gay flight attendant)
repo: moving aircraft to another gate after a flight
easy victor: evacuate the aircraft
crop dusting: when flight attendants walk down the aisle and fart
 
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 2:56 pm


Some of the slang I have heard, both serious and not so serious:


Aircraft= Jam tin with wings, Bird
Turbo Prop Aircraft= Puddle Jumper, Bug Smasher, Industrial Fans, Buzz-boxes
BAe146= One-Four-Sux, Helicopter
BAe146 Engine= Hair dryer, APU
B727= Three-holer, dragster of the skies, T-tail
Pilots= Drivers, Flyboy/girl, God, Glorrafied bus-drivers
Flight Attendants= Trolly-Dolly, Drinks B*tch, Easys, Hostie, Shag-Bags, Princess (both male and female)
Ground Crew= Ramp-Rat, Bag Smasher
Passengers= Pax, Self-loading cargo
Cargo Operators= Box-heads, Cowboys
Weather= WX
Lav Truck= Sh*t Truck, Honey Cart
Aircraft Passenger Load Limit= Max Pax
First/Business Class= Pointy end

There are many more that I cannot remember right now.

B727-200.
 
redngold
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 2:56 pm

Ramper:
I think the gay flight attendant is a "fairy" which is slang for gay men in general.

Elwood:
I call those Southwest flashers "party planes" because they look like they are dancing!

Smokers -- any old jets, for obvious reasons (usually a DC-9, 732, or 727.)

I dunno, can there really be any "runners" anymore, thanks to TSA and door-closing rules?
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 3:04 pm

Crew Scheduling = Body Snatchers
737 or DC-9 = Light Twins
Captain's meal = filet mignon or lobster
First Officer's meal = chicken or... chicken
Maintenance tool = pencil
Wide Body = F/A from USA airlines
 
redngold
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 3:29 pm

From Air Traffic Control:

pushing tin = Air traffic control in general
spin = put a plane in a holding pattern
kiss my tail = result of a sharp turn/steep bank angle
six = (more military?) rear end of the plane
on your six = close behind you
company = aircraft in question is from your same airline



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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Wed Mar 19, 2003 4:47 pm

Couple more ATC related ones
Aluminium Shower-a crash
Weld- mid air collision
also a passenger running to make a flight would be reffered to as a Hag (have a go)
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Thu Mar 20, 2003 12:35 am

Stewardess - Juicekicker
Bae146 - dung-beetle



 
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Thu Mar 20, 2003 12:51 am

Swearing Metroliner & B752/753 -> flying pencil

Not really a slang but pretty cool:

A340 -> 5-APU-Aircraft (Only Aircraft of the world with 5 APU's because of the 4 engines which are not powerful)
 
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Thu Mar 20, 2003 2:44 am

Maybe a bit off the topic, but I notice that the words 'flight attendant', 'air hostess/steward' and 'cabin crew', though interchangeable, seem to be localized. While most American people I know will use 'flight attendant', the preferred term here in Malta is 'cabin crew'.

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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Thu Mar 20, 2003 3:24 am

cockpit: all male flight crew
box office: all female flight crew

Tom in NO (at MSY)
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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Thu Mar 20, 2003 3:37 am

Because in Montreal we share gates with other companies...

We call Air France - Air French
USAirways - Useless Air
Air Canada - Air Chaos
JetsGo- JetsGone
KLM - Kindly lick me  Big thumbs up

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RE: Aviation/Airline Slang -- What's Yours?

Thu Mar 20, 2003 7:01 am

the funniest thing over JFK ATC i have heard is a catain calling his 747 a 'Fat As Fourty Seven'.

So another one would be

Fat Ass Fourty Seven - 747
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