|Quoting Lincoln (Reply 4):|
Would have never thought about the need to compensate for the weight change.
You would also never think that there is always some fat-ass that gets off a flight and feels the need to slam his foot down when stepping out of the plane into the jetway. The sudden shift in weight from plane to jetway can sometimes "confuse" the auto-leveler from the small weight adjustments made and sets off the alarm. Before you know it, all the bells and whistles in the jetway are going off. It's usually the assholes whose asses are too big to sit in a regular coach seat anyway that are the ones to do it.
If your ever on a jetway that is not connected directly to an airplane(not sure why you would be, but just for argument sake), feel free to reach down and grab the wheel. You won't get cooties or electrocuted, and roll the wheel up or down. You will feel the jetway respond to the movement that you make on it.
I remember reading a story about TWA back around 1999 where, as a flight was boarding in STL
, a 2 yr old holding on to his mom's hand found himself standing next to the wheel and couldn't resist the urge to play with it. The result? A cancelled flight when the jetway responded and sheered the door from the plane. TWA had to rebook all passengers on later flights, including mother and son who promised to carry the child on this time. TWA politely declined to make the mother pay for the door. Just goes to show, when it comes to aviation, "Don't touch anything your not supposed to!"
I don't have a microwave, but I do have a clock that occasionally cooks shit.