Throughout the past few years, I've been traveling through Japan, and photographing a lot at Narita, Haneda, and Nagoya. At Narita I have noticed that (at least for international departures) there's an "officer" who stands near the nose of the aircraft, doing absolutely nothing during preparations for departure - or during turnarounds. Does anyone know what this person is actually assigned to do? Are they involved with customs, or are they watching for ground accidents involving the airplane? This has always been a curious job to me. Was wondering if anyone knew.
United 747-400 @ Tokyo Narita airport