Not to mention the fact that ATL
gates aren't designed to handle any size airplane. Certain gates were designed to handle certain airplanes. For instance, there are a few gates at the north ends of A and B concourse that can only handle narrowbodies and one in particular that can only accomodate a 737. There are others, such as most on T concourse, that are able to handle 764's better than anywhere else, due to the wingspan. So the folks in the towers have to take all of these things into consideration before deciding if a gate can be assisgned to a new flight. In addition to that, you have to make sure you will have a crew able to work that flight. Is there a ramp crew to park this plane now arriving at B15? Is there a free gate agent to meet it? Is the plane able to fit into that gate without causing any confictions with the airplanes next door? On top of all of that, you have to make sure all of this is communicated with the ramp crews in order to ensure the proper transfer of bags already being set up at the previous gate. If the Ramp Tower guy is nice, he will give the rampers as much of a break as he can. For instance, you don't bring a plane in at E-16 right after flight 299 to BOG
has left. Thats just not cool. These rampers just busted their butts loading these 300 80 lb. bags(no kidding) onto this 757, which hopefully had a moving carpet inside. They need a break. I remember an instance like that once, where the ramp tower quickly scheduled a plane into that gate right after the BOG
flight left. The supervisor's told that crew to take a break and had another gate crew cover the inbound before heading upstairs to have a little chat with the ramp tower folks.
In the insane world of irregular ops at the Worldport, there is some bit of sanity left and some thought put into the operation. I never said there was a lot of thought put into the operation, but there is some. LOL
I don't have a microwave, but I do have a clock that occasionally cooks shit.