1. I use rain gear in the winter time. our winter rainy days here are like late fall days back in Pittsburgh & Rhode Island.
summertime? no way! the cold rain feels great! but, the monsoons always generate numerous/frequent lightning strikes, incredible winds & tons of gritty/fine dust.
Aviation does not require safety vests here. certain Airlines do though, CO
(we had to wear them when we worked the CO
contrac t), AA
new hires & Mesa new hires.
3. i work for America West, we never have enough push tugs, bag tugs, tail carts, tow bars or nose gear bypass pins. so yeah! some co-workers take that very personally, crazy!
4. if a hottie is working one of our gates. AWA in PHX
is a hub, so we all have seperate breakrooms (pax service, ramp, pilots lounge, in-flight crew rest, mechanics).
5. yes, with one of the old continental bag tugs or united push tugs.
6. nope! they either work or not, quite often the newest belt loaders breakdown before the relics.
7. 5 or 6 carts, during graveyard shift. straight-line pulls during "cart round-up."
8. wintertime? since we average mid-50's to low 70's in wintertime, Dickies pants, long sleeve t-shirt, with small tee underneath, long crew socks. if i work AM
shift in winter i usually wear a wind breaker, work gloves & possibly a knit cap.
summertime? shorts & tee shirt. i wear a small white tee under & ankle-cut socks. as little as possible! PHX
is really hot in the summertime! especially with concrete, asphalt & jet blast!
& others understand. heat waves come & go, but our daily 100+ degree summer days are 4-5 months long (May-Oct). Texas & Florida have it the worst! i lived in South Miami/Coral Gables, for 2 years as a child. don't try to walk to your neighbor's house without flip-flops! i will never forget 101 degrees in houston, that was a million times worse than our 119 degree day last year! or the 122 degree day in summer 1996! Texas summers blow!
no offense, it's stuff you already knew about.