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  • Trapped in the Cargo Hold

    - Tuesday February 15, 2011
    First a JetBlue baggage handler makes an unscheduled flight to Boston from New York, trapped for more than 200 miles in the cargo hold.  Now, word that a US Airways baggage handler was rescued from the belly of an aircraft moments before take-off from...
  • Buddy, Can You Spare a Part?

    - Thursday February 3, 2011
    Tow bars break periodically.  Of course, we all know that.  But the question I was asked the other day from an avid reader of this blog was, “How long should it take to replace a broken one?”  Seems he was on a flight out of FLL when the pilot...
  • Ramp Wish List for 2011

    - Monday January 3, 2011
    A new year always brings thoughts of years past and the year to come. My wishes for those who work on the ramp are a combination of unfulfilled wishes from those past years to new ones for the coming year and the challenges we still face in this slowly...
  • Electric Vehicle Quirks

    - Friday December 10, 2010
    Writing my last blog on winter on the ramp, I mentioned that electric vehicles don’t have the same vulnerability to cold as gas-powered vehicles.  Sure enough, an astute reader pointed out that these vehicles have their own winter idiosyncrasies...
  • A Ramp's Eye View of Winter

    - Tuesday November 30, 2010
    I recently read a blog by a pilot describing the beauty of a snowy, wintery scene on take-off.  It made me think: What a difference a warm cockpit and a downward glance make when it comes to one’s perspective on winter at the airport.  The...
  • Waiting for the Jetway Driver

    - Tuesday November 23, 2010
    My informal poll of customer complaints shows that second to lost bags and going through security, what rankles passengers most is arriving early at their destination and then having to wait to deplane.  Bad enough waiting for a gate, but then having...
  • Ramp Automation

    - Thursday October 14, 2010
    Waiting ... and waiting ...  35 minutes for my checked bag yesterday to finally show up at Logan got me thinking about a comment two blogs ago from a reader.  He mentioned that a decrease in workers on the ramp was attributable to automation.  My...
  • Lightning Striking Again

    - Thursday September 30, 2010
    Traveling through the southeast this week, I saw some amazing lightning storms. The recent tropical disturbances brought wind and rain, but also thunder and lightning. Many of us think that once the summer thunderstorms are over, the risk of lightning...
  • Aging Ramp Workers

    - Tuesday September 21, 2010
    There was a time when you didn’t see too many older workers out on the ramp.  It’s a tough job out there, day in and day out and it takes its toll on workers.  In many ways, baggage handlers get the brunt of the physical assaults on the human...
  • Management by Walking the Ramp

    - Tuesday September 7, 2010
    Several weeks ago, in response to my blog regarding overriding safety devices, a commenter posted: “If managers and leads would get out of the offices … to oversee ramp operations there would be a lot less equipment damage.”  I certainly agree with...