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Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:04 pm

In the past I have noticed the slight jabs made towards the ramp side of the business. I thought it would be in fun to return some of the things that make rampers so very happy.

Packing every single item you own into one suitcase.

That suitcase is the size of a compact car.

Dislocating my shoulder as the counter failed to put a heavy tag on it.

The bag is destined for RSW, it's 100 degrees there, how much do you need?

Using a suitcase that is being held together with duct tape and missing all handles.

Having a golf case that King Tut would be envious of.

Using a nylon bag that should hold 25 pounds and stuffing 100 pounds into it.

Being shocked when the straps tear loose when it is picked up to be loaded.

Making your bag look like a Mardi Gras float by tying 50 different strings to the handle.

This is meant as humor at what I deal with daily, please feel free to add any I may have missed.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:28 pm

Loading a 737 charter and just when you finish a mother needs to get her child's formula out of a 'black bag'.
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:08 pm

I love it when wheelchair batteries fall on my ankle! Runnerup is when those long-@$$ luggage straps get caught in the belt loader.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:21 pm

Loading a fully booked 737-800 then finding out its broke, then unloading it and loading another one.
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hatbutton
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:22 pm

- Strollers that have wheels as big and off-road capable as my mountain bike.

- When standing in the jetway getting claim at gates and a late boarding passenger insists you not forget to load their bag. (Even better when they tell you it is a _____ (insert color here) roller bag as if they're the only ones in the world that have that kind of bag)

- When a pilot mentions over the headset that I'm dripping sweat. No kidding! I just loaded 150 bags in a confined space.


Something that is really fun as a ramper is seeing a little kid up in a window looking down at you. Then making a funny face at them and seeing their reaction when they realize you can see them. Always a good laugh on both ends.
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:41 pm



Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
Packing every single item you own into one suitcase.

Seen that one...

Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
Using a suitcase that is being held together with duct tape and missing all handles.

...ant that one....

Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
Using a nylon bag that should hold 25 pounds and stuffing 100 pounds into it.

Oh, lord, those d*mn JFK flights...

Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
Making your bag look like a Mardi Gras float by tying 50 different strings to the handle.

sometimes those strings hurt... especially if your hand slips.


And you forgot having to dig a reroute bag out of the bin on an over-booked flight, since it's invariably at least halfway back in the stack.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:55 pm

College students returning home for the summer
(seriously..3 80lb. bags? FedEx next time!)

Other carrier departing gate next to yours in January and hitting you with jetblast...especially after a significant snowfall.

People who pack booze in their bags and it breaks. Nothing like smelling like vodka on the way home worried about getting pulled over.

San Juan Samsonites.... you know what I mean!

Unloading bags on a humid August day and smelling rancid meat/fish packed in a suitcase.

4 a/c on the ground with 2 gates and 3 rampers

Diversions. Especially in the middle of your lunch break.

-and my favorite-

Working a flight arriving in ROC and seeing all the bags in the bin with BWI as the destination. THAT shift sucked!
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:04 pm

Picking up a box of "Live Tropical Fish" and having water spill out the bottom.

Pushing a HR into the rear-cargo bin of an A320 during a thunderstorm and looking outside to find out that they closed the ramp due to lightning but no one ever told you.

Marshaling aircraft in a thunderstorm with lightning shooting overhead. ("Why close the ramp? The lightning hasn't hit the airport yet.")

Loading a flight to Hawaii in the summer and having an aircraft swap.
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:18 pm



Quoting SwivelHeadLAX (Reply 7):
Marshaling aircraft in a thunderstorm with lightning shooting overhead. ("Why close the ramp? The lightning hasn't hit the airport yet.")

This one makes me laugh, Ive been in this situation many times.
Airport operations don't "close" the ramp. When the lightning warning lights come on, its just to advise you that the airport warns that you could possibly be struck by lightning on the ramp. Its up to your company policy to leave the ramp or not once those warning lights come up.

When I was a cargo loader I remember each time the warning lights came on and we ditched to the facility because the ramp was "closed". Once I got into the airport operations chair, it was my decision to turn on the lights during a storm. but what I found out is that I was never really shutting the ramp, just covering the airports butt if anyone actually does get struck by lightning.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:21 pm

Watching people that are boarding the air stairs of another plane get blasted by the exhaust of the one you are marshalling out

Opening the cargo door to see hundreds of crickets on the loose

Seeing the expression on the face of your ramper colleague when he dropped an HR on the ramp while pulling up to the belt loader

Getting sprayed with de-ice fluid from the other side of the aircraft

Air starts on a 737

Seeing blue juice on the ramp the following morning wondering who got blasted the night before

Seeing how many bags you can stack on a cart and then drive it to the baggage claim without any falling off

Stuffing the front cargo hold with mail only to unload it all once you see the MSP bags start coming through



Courtesy of my ramper days with Delta and Skywest at FAT in the late 90's!
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:29 pm

EWR ATC Delays

Baggage retrievals that are almost always at the bulkhead.

Loading 757s, plane breaks, offload it, "Oh we're going!" load again, "Flight's canceled" off load again.

Speaking of 757s, airstarting 757s due to a lousy APU.

Pushing 757s in the rain, all the water goes right to your head.

Bags with Air India twine wrapped around them.
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:37 pm



Quoting Rwy04LGA (Reply 2):
I love it when wheelchair batteries fall on my ankle! Runnerup is when those long-@$$ luggage straps get caught in the belt loader.

Always got straps caught in the loader. What would always happpen though is one bag would get caught near the top and I wouldn't notice and keep loading and well...you can figure the rest out.

Quoting CLE757 (Reply 3):
Loading a fully booked 737-800 then finding out its broke, then unloading it and loading another one.

Never handled mainline a/c but even with the little guys it wa a pain in the but. The jets actually weren't that bad. We could down load a full CRJ or CR7 in about 7 or 8 minutes if you had two guys at the bottom getting the bags and a belt loader that was fast. The ATRs were the worst. Gotta undo all the netting and unload all the stacked backs then do it again in the back.

Quoting Force13 (Reply 6):
San Juan Samsonites.... you know what I mean!

I'll tell you what. Around 2006, 2007, ASA started flights to Kingston, Borinquen (Aguadilla), and some other cities that saw heavy loads regularly. Those bags were always HUGE and the flights would not necessarily be full but it seemed like every passenger had 2 or 3 bags checks.

Quoting Force13 (Reply 6):
Unloading bags on a humid August day and smelling rancid meat/fish packed in a suitcase.

For some reason, all our Korean Air bags had a very pungent smell coming from them. And they would always be those hard cases that never stack well.

From my own experience, I love it when (and this is for those that have worked regional jets or small a/c) passengers would come around the wing trying to get their bag.

Getting weird looks when I walk on the plane (greasy cloths, wands, and torn vest and all) to give the flight deck the load slip.

Many others. I'll think of more.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:49 pm

Quoting Force13 (Reply 6):
San Juan Samsonites.... you know what I mean!

Oh yes...these are famous at EWR!!!!

Quoting COTPARampGuy (Reply 10):
Bags with Air India twine wrapped around them.

Hey, at least its a cue that the bag is HEAVY!!!

I think my all time favorite was when the gate agent pulled the jetway back and we pushed the plane...only to find out 30 mins later that there was one more gate check in the jetway...bet that person was mad when they made it to their destination!

Edit...for a few more I just thought of...

having a bag come down the beltloader with the zipper down...and not realizing its not zipped...I pick it up to put into the cart...and well you know what happens from there!

downloading a 757 from FLL turningto SJC...no break dowload another 757 from MCO turning to FLL...still no break...download a final 757 flight from FLL turning to MCO...

that was one heavy day of flights...it was my last day of training...and luckily I didn't have any other flights the rest of the day!

[Edited 2009-08-28 10:57:29]
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:57 pm

-Bags that have metal rods sticking out of them.

-Anything to do with 757 lavs. Manually filling them is up near the top of the list.

-Pilots who come down and shut off the ground air, prompting the gate agent to call the tower to tell you to turn the air on because it's getting hot in the jetway.

-A non-rev or deadhead employee that walks out onto the ramp to retrieve their bag, and when they don't see it, they start pestering you about it.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:57 pm



Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 11):
And they would always be those hard cases that never stack well.

... Or worse, the ones that have been Armor-all'ed...
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:59 pm



Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
For some reason, all our Korean Air bags had a very pungent smell coming from them. And they would always be those hard cases that never stack well.

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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:59 pm

Speaking of San Juan Samsonites....

Santiago Samsonites
Santo Domingo Samsonites
Aguadilla Samsonites
Ponce Samsonites
Puerto Plata Samsonites

Mumbai Samsonites...... This could go on and on!
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:01 pm

I have a good memory of my ramp days at YXX, there is a big dog show that happens every fall in the area and there would be about a hundred or so dogs that would fly in. We had one, a Newfoundlander, which was probably about 100lbs plus in weight and when we assembled his cage we realized it wouldn't fit into the AC 737. So just to "get the job done" we assembled the cage inside the pit, got the dog to do a run & jump into the pit using part of my lunch and got him into the cage. YYC got a tad angry at us 2hrs later when they couldn't figure out how to get him out!

My other favorite is it the hard cased Samsonite bags, if you weren't ready for those and they where flying at you it was a new bruise waiting to happen!

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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:07 pm



Quoting COEWR (Reply 12):
having a bag come down the beltloader with the zipper down...and not realizing its not zipped...I pick it up to put into the cart...and well you know what happens from there!

That happened to me once sending bags up to the carousel. The entire belt was littered with some poor lady's undergarments...there must have been quite a scene upstairs.

One other thing I just remembered:

Scanners that consistently misread tags. You usually don't know it until you go to scan the next bag, and you end up having to clear the error and chase down the offender. Not fun if it's every fifth bag.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:15 pm

Bulk loading a L1011 to Vegas

The "Cheese Flight" (Flights from GUA loaded with nylon duffle bags filled with cheese that smells like the WWF locker room)

Waiting for the last flight of the night to get off the ground only to have it return to the gate for maitenance.
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:19 pm

Always fun when a DEL bag gets shot down the belt and literally explodes, clothes everywhere ahh fun times. Other good memories are the FA's who open the 1R cabin door in their skirts as they start fidgeting with the catering lol  Smile

Or even better, when u get a vibrating bag and you go up to the cabin to find the passenger. Hey someone needs to turn the thing off and it aint gonna be me HAHAHA
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:26 pm

Pushing back a aircraft and then it won't start so you have to pull it back to the gate.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:03 pm



Quoting Force13 (Reply 6):
Working a flight arriving in ROC and seeing all the bags in the bin with BWI as the destination. THAT shift sucked!

If you think it sucked for you....just imagine the suckyness for the baggage claim agents on both ends. Been there done that and it isn't fun. LOL.

Quoting Surprise (Reply 19):
Bulk loading a L1011 to Vegas

Sun Country used to bring their DC-10's in bulk loaded to D/FW, took 3 agents inside the plane which meant less agents to run the bags. Then the crew got all pissy that it took so long to unload. I told the Captain he needs to tell his CP that they need to invest in cans.

Quoting Heavy747 (Reply 20):
Or even better, when u get a vibrating bag and you go up to the cabin to find the passenger. Hey someone needs to turn the thing off and it aint gonna be me HAHAHA

Yes, the vibrating bag....is it a shaver...is it a personal massager...toothbrush.... you can usually tell what it is by the look on the face of the passenger when you tell them.

What about the 80lb-90lb bags that are completely wrapped in plastic, including the handles. Those are fun when they get to the end of the beltloader and you are not ready for it.

Also for the aircraft that had the donuts that had to be removed before you serviced the lav. I loved listening to the guys who "forgot" to remove them before pulling the handle. Usually ended up with some body part smurfed.

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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:05 pm



Quoting IAD51FL (Reply 22):
If you think it sucked for you....just imagine the suckyness for the baggage claim agents on both ends. Been there done that and it isn't fun. LOL.

I remember lol.... I went and helped take claims. There's pissed off and then there's PISSED OFF Big grin
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:08 pm



Quoting Towcrazy (Reply 21):
Pushing back a aircraft and then it won't start so you have to pull it back to the gate.

Speaking of push backs...I have a couple related to this.

-Having a flight come in and they let you know the APU is deferred. Now you have to go hunt down a huffer that actually works and go through that whole process once the flight is ready to push. Also love when the door is closed and the huffer doesn't get up to PSI so the fan doesn't spin fast enough.

-What was also always fun was loading a bag at the last minute when the a/c had already taxiied out to the ramp and we would drive the tug up and signal the CA to see if it was ok then put her in the back.

-Bringing in an a/c to the gate and the CA would have the throttle balls to wall and I would have to get him to slow down or STOP. This was made worse at certain gates in ATL especially C35 where to your left you have two a/c parked tail to the runway and to your right is a guardrail and you have to get past that and make a hard left to get to the parking T.

-Having to drive around the concourses to find ballast bags that aren't torn (had to get close to 800 lbs one night on a CR2).

-The tower call me over the radio (I was regularly the zone coordinator) to say they have an a/c for us in range and 2 minutes later it's sitting waiting to be brought into the stand.

-One of my all time favorites is when a passenger would be in line out on the ramp to get on board and I would tell them that their bag isn't going to fit inside and they insist (I fly on these all the time it will fit) and have them walk back down 5 mintues later handing me the bag. I usually give them the "I told you so" look. Big grin
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:36 pm

Loaded and ready to go and a pax put his VISA and ID in his bag and cant get thru TSA check cause his VISA is in his bag!!!
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:42 pm



Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 24):
-Bringing in an a/c to the gate and the CA would have the throttle balls to wall and I would have to get him to slow down or STOP. This was made worse at certain gates in ATL especially C35 where to your left you have two a/c parked tail to the runway and to your right is a guardrail and you have to get past that and make a hard left to get to the parking T.

It was never any easier parking CRJs on an angle in PIT, particularly gate D78 in the middle of our ramp. The ASA guys in particular were the worst, they'd rocket in and you'd have to slow them down as soon as they hit the ramp.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:52 pm

Some of these have been mentioned, but these are my "favorite" things on the ramp...

-Large, heavy strollers. What happened to the good-old umbrella strollers?! Strollers are like SUVs now! Especially the ones with the large bicycle wheels. I mean seriously...the Jeep Urban Terrain Vehicle?!?

-Bags that don't follow one simple task. Bags like to be difficult. All I ask is this bag get from here to there. But nooooooooooooo, a zipper gets stuck on the beltloader, or a strap snags on the belt, or the darn thing just bounces right off the belt. Or in the aircraft bin, the floor often has plenty of things for a bag to snag on so I have to stop everything and give the bag another push.

-Waiting til the last possible second to shut the cargo bin door and as soon as I close it and turn around, here comes a late bag or here comes the Ops Agent bringing a last minute stroller.  banghead 

-Working T-Point (known as the Bag Room to most rampers) and having bags ready to be taken to the gate...haven't gotten a bag for a while so it's ready to go. Drive the cart to the gate, get back to the belt and whadya know...a half-dozen late bags dropped while I was away!  banghead 

-Getting jetblasted. It's one thing for the other airline across the alley to blast you cuz their gates point right at yours, but to get blasted by your own kind cuz your brain-dead coworkers didn't think that since they didn't position the aircraft far enough out and at the right angle, that their friends at the neighboring gate (me!) would get blasted as the plane makes a damn-near 180 degree turn to get back to the taxiway. (This one might be unique to the terminal layout at SAN)

-Airstarts on 737s. How nice of Boeing to put the hose connection right between both engines!

-Aicraft swaps and gate changes. Seems we pack so many flights into our gates these days that if one is delayed just 15 minutes and another is a few minutes early, suddenly you have a conflict and one gets moved. I seem to always be the recipient of the moved flights...  grumpy  Then you get an aircraft swap involving a "thru" flight. So now instead of those 50 bags just riding through, they need to be offloaded and taken to the other aircraft.

-I love shipping live crabs. Always a kick seeing them reaching out to you through the openings for handles on the box. Even better when the upline station decided it would be funny to let a couple roam free. Those angry things are a b**ch to catch!

-Filling potable water on the 737 Classics. So nice to have the over-flow right where the hose connects. It's impossible to not get wet when turning the hose off and closing the over-flow valve! Glad the engineers at Boeing learned from this and moved the over-flow drain out of the way on the 737NGs!

-Hooking up the PC air hose on the 737 and hitting your head on a protruding antenna (some older 733s) or the inboard landing light (737NG) that the crew forgot to stow.

-Love it when pushing out during a downpour and the Captain tells me to have a nice day and stay dry. Yeah, thanks...

-Finish loading 150+ bags and thousands of pounds of freight and Ops tells you there is a last minute aircraft swap so it all needs to be offloaded and put on another plane. Not kidding here, there was one morning a couple years ago where we loaded our originator, offloaded it cuz they had to swap the aircraft, load the new aircraft and then the swap was cancelled! So we had to reload the original aircraft!!  banghead  banghead 

-Foggy mornings are fun with nothing to do since nothing is landing...And then the fog lifts. Suddenly everything just starts dropping...we fill our 10 gates with arrivals and have another 14 or so planes holding out for gates. Push one, next one pulls not in with us not knowing where it came from or where it's going...and so on...this can last for a few hours until eveything is caught up. Good times.

-You know that expression, "everything but the kitchen sink"? No, I think I have literally seen a kitchen sink checked in. People pack anything and everything!

-SFO flights. Always on gate holds for hours.

Despite all that I really do love my job!  Big grin
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:11 pm



Quoting SwivelHeadLAX (Reply 7):

Pushing a HR into the rear-cargo bin of an A320 during a thunderstorm and looking outside to find out that they closed the ramp due to lightning but no one ever told you

Whats an HR?

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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:21 pm

Filling up the blue juice and wondering why you see it dripping out the other side of the plane.

(Funny story, I swear! Mechanics were working on the lav, but nobody told me that. So several gallons of blue juice went all over the floor hahaha. This was a DHL 727.)
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:21 pm



Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 28):
Whats an HR?

Human Remains, also known as a casket.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:22 pm



Quoting SwivelHeadLAX (Reply 7):
Pushing a HR into the rear-cargo bin of an A320 during a thunderstorm

...Loading an HR into a DC9, regardless of weather...

Quoting Wn676 (Reply 13):
-Anything to do with 757 lavs. Manually filling them is up near the top of the list.

Who ever came up with donuts has a heart of pure evil...

Quoting Surprise (Reply 19):
Bulk loading a L1011 to Vegas

TZ by any chance? I always loved the concave plexiglass that all their floors had.

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 28):
Whats an HR?

Human Remains.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:23 pm

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 28):
Whats an HR?

Human Remains

I had a guy in SAV try to check a disassembled electric golf cart. Then got mad that we wouldn't accept it. The box was larger than the bin opening of a 737 and was way over 100lbs. Even if we could have fit it through the door, it would have taken up all the space in the bin of the aircraft.

Oh and he is never flying my airline again.....

The funny part was watching the eyes of the agents at the other counters when they see him pushing this huge box to their counters trying to buy a ticket on them and have them check his box in.

Chris

[Edited 2009-08-28 13:24:10]
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:28 pm

My favorite ramp moment was loading an outbound flight to CUN. Got notification from the gate that one of the passenger's passport didn't check out (during the interim period when you could have a letter from the Dept of State that said your passport was on order and that was sufficient to travel to Mexico and Canada). Had to go and retrieve his bag, buried against the bulkhead of the rear bin of the A319. When we got it half way down the belt, the bulged out shape of the bag caused it to go rolling off the side of the belt loader. This passenger failed to zip the top zipper of his bag, and lo and behold, out came a string of about 20 Trojans and a pair of fuzzy handcuffs. We REALLY ruined his vacation plans.  

I also enjoyed loading a CR7's rear bin with 14 non-collapsable sport style wheelchairs for a wheelchair basketball team. 70 bags plus 14 of those chairs. I was kicking and screaming back there trying to find any room I could and barely got the door shut. My legs and arms, pretty much any exposed areas of my body, were bleeding by the end of that little endeavor.

[Edited 2009-08-28 13:52:33]
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:31 pm

When you have to spend half an hour digging out the container loader and use a push tractor to pull dollies out of a giant snow drift...

When you have to shovel and sand the lead-in lines and a path to the airplane for the loaders because the snow removal guys are on break or the airport authority doesn't seem to think the ramp needs cleaning...

Fighting for space on the Embraers with the catering and fueling trucks... Could they not have put the fuelling connections on the left side of the a/c?

Containerized flights where the roller system isn't working... Parked on a sloping ramp...  Yeah sure

The SUV sized strollers... Do children not walk anymore? What ever happened to those little folding umbrella strollers? Last time I checked airport terminals didn't require off-road capabilities in a stroller...

Trying to wedge a huge electric wheelchair in a tiny Embraer hold...



My number one most lovable part of the job is...

Managers without a clue how the ramp works planning ramp crew assignments!  banghead 
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:32 pm



Quoting COTPARampGuy (Reply 10):
Loading 757s, plane breaks, offload it, "Oh we're going!" load again, "Flight's canceled" off load again

Damm i hate that one! but try free loading bags,cargo.mail etc on a L10-11,andthen being told the flt is canceled offload all 500 bags...good old Rich international days anyone remember those crappy planes? lucky for us at DL in LAX we had there ramp contract in the mid-90's  sarcastic 
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:43 pm

-People with ski bags who pack their their bulky heavy ski boots and about 40 pounds of other stuff into them.
-Having the pilot call you to vacuum his inbound from LAX because the pax somehow got hay, sand and dirt all over the carpet, in addition to the usual throwing of trash on the floor.
-Passengers who snarl, yell, or recant angrily at you about how you insist their gate check is too big, only to be proven wrong.
-When someone checks a Segway.  banghead 
-When someone checks poorly packed wine and blames it on us.
-Not so much a gripe, but just a point of inquiry: why does someone need a 300 pound camouflage, four wheel, psudo ATV for a scooter? And how did DEN ever get it into the pit?  banghead 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:58 pm

back when I worked at COMAIR at CVG ... we always used to dread the horse semen shipments

and the racks of "live" chicks ...

back at my days at PBA ... the worst thing was the shipments of human blood going to the hospital (they occasionally ruptured ... nothing better than biological hazard all over a cargo bin and other people's baggage)
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:01 pm



Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
Using a suitcase that is being held together with duct tape and missing all handles.

Daily occurrance.

Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
Having a golf case that King Tut would be envious of.

You can't stack them. At least they are better than the Club Glove ones for which I have a scar above my right foot from the plastic shell cutting me.

Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):

Using a nylon bag that should hold 25 pounds and stuffing 100 pounds into it.

Ah, I like to call them Bogota Bags! Well, anywhere down south. They are like body bags with 6 independent roller wheels on the bottom!

Quoting Hatbutton (Reply 4):
Something that is really fun as a ramper is seeing a little kid up in a window looking down at you. Then making a funny face at them and seeing their reaction when they realize you can see them. Always a good laugh on both ends.

I like when they wave, you wave back and they get all excited. It makes their day.

Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
The bag is destined for RSW, it's 100 degrees there, how much do you need?

Just like all the CUN bags I see. You are going to the BEACH!

Quoting Force13 (Reply 6):
People who pack booze in their bags and it breaks. Nothing like smelling like vodka on the way home worried about getting pulled over.

Yep, I have seen many a bag where some dolt packs red wine. Ruins their whole bag not to mention some neighboring bags. The worst though was someone that packed a bottle of syrup. It was on SEVERAL bags. An Elite bag no less, you'd think they'd have the experience flying to know better.

Quoting Force13 (Reply 6):
San Juan Samsonites.... you know what I mean!

Yep, the hard plastic ones with the rigid "legs" and ONE handle?

Quoting Force13 (Reply 6):
Diversions. Especially in the middle of your lunch break.

Or at the end of your shift at 11:30p?

Quoting SwivelHeadLAX (Reply 7):
Marshaling aircraft in a thunderstorm with lightning shooting overhead. ("Why close the ramp? The lightning hasn't hit the airport yet.")

How about pea-sized hail? At least the lightning wasn't frequent. Big grin

Quoting FAT5DEP (Reply 9):
Air starts on a 737

Those aren't so bad.

Quoting FAT5DEP (Reply 9):
Seeing how many bags you can stack on a cart and then drive it to the baggage claim without any falling off

Do you work for Pinnacle? Big grin

Quoting COTPARampGuy (Reply 10):
EWR ATC Delays

Don't even get me started. As someone that works for an airline that has a hub there, I can tell you I curse our nightlt inbound from there. At least not as much anymore as I have been mornings for a year now. We just have to deal with crew rest in the mornings sometime for the outbound.

Quoting COTPARampGuy (Reply 10):
Bags with Air India twine wrapped around them.

Ah...."Bombay Bags"....the HUGE floppy ones that weigh a ton and have one handle.

Quoting Wn676 (Reply 13):
-A non-rev or deadhead employee that walks out onto the ramp to retrieve their bag, and when they don't see it, they start pestering you about it.

Yeah, they can't be bothered to wait in the jetway like everyone else.

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 27):
Love it when pushing out during a downpour and the Captain tells me to have a nice day and stay dry. Yeah, thanks...

Either that or "It looks cold out there! Stay warm."

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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:02 pm

You guys with the Smurf juice and the donuts are missing the best one,
How about servicing the rear lav on a B747. Your 20ft up in the air on this
little bucket with NO WHERE to go when you pull the donut and the Smurf
juice decides to come spewing out. Even more fun on a rainy night!
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:28 pm

This thread should be on a ramp agent application form!

A few more:

RNO returning my badge after it came off while stacking bags

Going through a gallon of water on a hot day and not having to go to the restroom once

Jumping out of the ice box to scare our lead ramper when he came out to get ice for the inbound flight. A short ex Navy guy that smoked and sucked down the coffee. My reputation followed me for years with that!

Pilots that actually come down and help you with the bags

Finding a bag the next morning with FAI on it instead of FAT
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:41 pm



Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 24):
-One of my all time favorites is when a passenger would be in line out on the ramp to get on board and I would tell them that their bag isn't going to fit inside and they insist (I fly on these all the time it will fit) and have them walk back down 5 mintues later handing me the bag. I usually give them the "I told you so" look.

Better option. I would often get purser being "not nice" to me about letting the fella in with the bag (well, he insisted...)

Also, going up the airstarts after all the pax are in expecting to get an OK message from CC, to find a baby buggy or two.

Same, but after loaders closing the door...

Waiting for two last pax for an ATR or Dash8, have the loaders put the DAA in and close the door, only to find out both of them have 2 samsonites.

Same, but after front doors closed and no place in rear (applicable for ATR - observe netting up front.


Having an ATR arrive with DAAs blocked by a 737 main undercarriage wheel, with nothing to offload it. This has really happened.

Quoting Tripleboom (Reply 33):
I also enjoyed loading a CR7's rear bin with 14 non-collapsable sport style wheelchairs for a wheelchair basketball team. 70 bags plus 14 of those chairs. I was kicking and screaming back there trying to find any room I could and barely got the door shut. My legs and arms, pretty much any exposed areas of my body, were bleeding by the end of that little endeavor.

We have to load an ATR similiarly every so often as our airport is a departure point for dolphinoterapy charter. Many kids with whc. We had both pilots helping to load the ATR from inside, while loaders put the baggage in. Then a FA would come out telling that intercom is likely broken, cause the pilots wont answer  Smile
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:05 pm



Quoting Fiveholer (Reply 38):
Yep, the hard plastic ones with the rigid "legs" and ONE handle?

Or the ones that look like glorified trash bags

Quoting Fiveholer (Reply 38):
Or at the end of your shift at 11:30p?

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Yep. Had a flight one time to a gas and go at 1:45am.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:35 pm



Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 27):
-Large, heavy strollers. What happened to the good-old umbrella strollers?! Strollers are like SUVs now!

No sh*t. Went out to look at them for new grandchild #1 and there is no such thing as a "stroller", much less the old umbrella stroller that we walked our kids in.

We ended up buying a used "Stroller System". System! gah.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:38 am



Quoting Tripleboom (Reply 33):
I also enjoyed loading a CR7's rear bin with 14 non-collapsable sport style wheelchairs for a wheelchair basketball team. 70 bags plus 14 of those chairs. I was kicking and screaming back there trying to find any room I could and barely got the door shut. My legs and arms, pretty much any exposed areas of my body, were bleeding by the end of that little endeavor.

Oh God. I was gonna mention something about ONE full non collapsable wheelchair. But 14? And 70 bags?

Having a CRJ-100 come in and having to get anything more than 40 bags out back.


People checking surfboards on CR7s. Or Skis. Or anything that's longer than 6 feet.


Working during Chinese New Year. No disrespect meant, but it seems they all check in cardboard boxes weighing 70 pounds. Last Chinese New Year we had about 97 bags on a CR7, 60 of which were going onto PEK.


Dumping the lav on a RJ2. You have to damn near kneel to hook the thing up.
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Sat Aug 29, 2009 1:21 pm



Quoting PWMRamper (Reply 44):
Dumping the lav on a RJ2. You have to damn near kneel to hook the thing up.

I can't think of one good thing about that aircraft!

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RE: Things Rampers Love

Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:10 pm

I was a baggage agent up until last week (damn recession) and always had a great relationship with our baggage handlers, how do you guys get on with other baggage staff?
 
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:11 am



Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
Dislocating my shoulder as the counter failed to put a heavy tag on it.

Or the tag was hidden under the bag...

Quoting NWAdeicer (Thread starter):
Being shocked when the straps tear loose when it is picked up to be loaded.

Nah, that doesn't even faze me anymore, although I did give myself a bloody lip once.

Quoting Hatbutton (Reply 4):
Something that is really fun as a ramper is seeing a little kid up in a window looking down at you. Then making a funny face at them and seeing their reaction when they realize you can see them. Always a good laugh on both ends.

Fishbowl, lol.

Quoting IAD51FL (Reply 22):
Yes, the vibrating bag....is it a shaver...is it a personal massager...toothbrush.... you can usually tell what it is by the look on the face of the passenger when you tell them.

A coworker of mine was working a flight where the culprit was a 15 year old girl, with her mother, who was not amused at all.



As for me, halloween night 2007, a flight from CLT came in with 5 HRs... although we didn't know that because they were cadavers going to a med school, and listed as regular freight. Just as we're about to offload them, the power goes out on the plane. I've never seen two people dive out of a 757 bin that fast, before or since.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:10 am



Quoting Hatbutton (Reply 4):
Something that is really fun as a ramper is seeing a little kid up in a window looking down at you. Then making a funny face at them and seeing their reaction when they realize you can see them. Always a good laugh on both ends.

When we pulled up the beltloader, I would just start waving to see if anybody would wave back. I got a lot of waves and smils from adults, which really suprised me. I used to wave and smile at kids when downloading FL flights from MCO and TPA...often they would wave back and smile, and a few were downright estatic and would point to their seatmates that "the guy outside waved at me!" One of the best parts of the job!

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 24):
Bringing in an a/c to the gate and the CA would have the throttle balls to wall and I would have to get him to slow down or STOP

Some of the FL 717 pilots would come screaming into our gates at MSP. When I marshalled, I would stop them short of the ramp if I felt they were coming in too fast. Oh man, they would get angry and talk to me during their walk arounds about why I made them stop short, but I would tell them "slow down or wait...safety always dawg!"

Quoting CB97 (Reply 34):
The SUV sized strollers... Do children not walk anymore? What ever happened to those little folding umbrella strollers? Last time I checked airport terminals didn't require off-road capabilities in a stroller...

I HATED those strollers...especially when there were full loads to MCO during winter months, and we had to bring 8-10 of them down from the walkway, down the narrow stairs, and put them in forward hold of a 737.

Quoting SwivelHeadLAX (Reply 7):
Picking up a box of "Live Tropical Fish" and having water spill out the bottom.

Had that happen with lots of cardboard boxes of oranges someone loaded from MCO...bottom of the box got incredibly wet, couldn't hold the oranges in, and we spent 10-15 minutes chasing oranges across the ramp.

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 27):
I love shipping live crabs. Always a kick seeing them reaching out to you through the openings for handles on the box. Even better when the upline station decided it would be funny to let a couple roam free. Those angry things are a b**ch to catch!

A friend of mine had the same issue with a box of crickets that was shipped in a forward hold and somehow busted open during download...outbound flight was delayed an hour while they chased all those damn crickets.

I always loved our fuel truck's engine freezing over during the winter months, especially when I had to sit and let it warm up, then have the engine die on me as I was driving on the cargo road. Oh, I absolutely LOVED doing lav dumps on the CR2, or unloading 45 bags and 1000 lbs of mail on a CR2, then uploading another 45 bags and 1000 lbs of mail in the span of 20 minutes to make a tight turn.
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RE: Things Rampers Love

Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:44 pm

Here's a few for the Cargo rampers:

I love the ever so dependable MD-11. You FedEx and UPS guys know what I mean


I love it when we have the plane loaded, Mechanics decide at the last minute the plane is broke, it's not going anywhere. We gotta unload the whole plane and swap it.

I love it when the plane is due out in 15 minutes and load planning says we need oh so many empty containers of a specific size. I love it even more when the containers are scarce in the first place.

I love it when I am driving my tug down a well lit ramp at night and a plane comes down the ramp with all landing lights ablaze

I love it when I can't drive down the ramp because a plane has just pulled up to the building and sits there for 10 minutes with the engines running while waiting for ground power to be hooked up.

I love it when load planning decides that the container with 5 packages in it goes on the main deck of the plane, while the container with 500 packages has to be loose loaded into the belly of the plane.

I love it when pilots of 767's, MD-11's, and 747's decide they want their luggage in the belly of the plane when there's all kinds of places in or behind the cockpit to put them.
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