5 Cool Things I Learned When Touring Philly Airport

3

Not many people get to go “behind the scenes” at a major US airport. Fewer people get a private tour from the largest airline at that airport. But that’s what 20 members of the Travel & Hospitality Club did last April, when we visited American Airlines’ team at PHL.

1. Having your own private TSA security line is much better than Pre-Check

We gathered at Terminal B, where the AA team whisked us through a TSA line that they had opened just for us. They staff escorted us to a conference room below one of the boarding gates, which was filled with balloons, cake, and celebratory posters. No, the team wasn’t that excited to see us; it was AA’s 90th birthday, and the staff had just finished celebrating.

2

2. PHL is AA’s gateway to Europe

Cedrick Rockamore, AA’s Vice President overseeing PHL, and Anthony Stanley, Director of Administration, greeted us and provided an overview of our tour. They talked about how PHL fits nicely into AA’s network with its 140K+ annual flights and 125 destinations. The airport connects the East Coast to Europe, without sending passengers through New York’s congested and expensive airports. They also spoke about some of AA’s challenges at the airport—namely, the fact that there are no non-stop flights to Asia yet, and that AA often has to pay for airport infrastructure enhancements that competing airlines benefit from.

3. Most planes don’t get fully fueled before a flight

1

We then donned our bright orange safety vests and yellow earplugs, and were off to the ramp! The ramp is the area where planes park, are (off-)loaded, and serviced—many people incorrectly refer to it as the “tarmac.” Probably to the surprise of a plane full of passengers, we walked right up to a jet destined for Myrtle Beach and learned from the operations crew how they fuel the plane. They explained that fuel loading is a well-thought-out science that takes into account flight distance, weather, and the estimated weight of passengers, bags, and cargo on board. Airlines only load the amount of fuel they’ll need (plus a margin for safety) for a flight. After all, extra fuel equals extra weight, and extra weight burns even more fuel.

We also watched the team sort bags between connecting flights. Did you know that you should remove those small bar code stickers from your checked luggage once you’ve arrived at your destination? The small stickers serve as backup to the larger bag tags, and if you “collect” many of them on your suitcase you might cause your bag to get delayed if the handlers need to take the time to determine which barcode is the most recent one.

5

4. Aviation has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, but some inspirational leaders are changing that

We returned to the conference room for a lunch session with an amazing person named Deborah Hecker, AA’s Chief Pilot at the PHL hub. She led a very interesting discussion about being a woman in a leadership position in aviation, which has historically been a male-dominated industry. She also touched on the influence of unions that serve as a bridge between management and the tens of thousands of airline workers. Outside of work, she’s heavily involved in getting girls and young women involved in aviation and STEM subjects at school. Did I mention she lives in Texas? And we complain about the commute between Center City and campus…

5. Flight controllers handle stressful situations extremely well

6

Our last stop was the Hub Control Center in the tower, which is the nerve center of the operation. There, a group of highly-skilled ramp controllers orchestrate the movement of all the airport’s 1,000 daily arriving and departing flights. Despite the hectic nature of their work, the mood in the tower was calm and quiet—perhaps in part because they have an absolutely stunning view of the entire airfield and Delaware River. The ramp controllers are one of the many teams coordinating aircraft into and out of the airport—others include ground control (who tell the aircraft how to safely taxi to the runway) and air traffic control (who coordinate airborne aircraft). The controllers can even operate in low visibility conditions such as fog—they have a software program that tracks planes on the airfield, and looks like a very fancy, and expensive, video game.

We then wrapped up our tour and said our goodbyes. It was an experience I’ll never forget!

4

126 Comments

  1. Pingback: xmt85c4wx5ctwxw3tcerthve56

  2. Pingback: alcoholism disease

  3. Pingback: دانلود قسمت هشتم شهرزاد دوم

  4. Pingback: دانلود شهرزاد قسمت دوازدهم فصل دوم

  5. Pingback: دانلود قسمت 12 عاشقانه

  6. Pingback: دانلود قسمت 10 شهرزاد دوم

  7. Pingback: Violet Starr

  8. Pingback: Rachel Starr

  9. Pingback: Elsa Jean

  10. Pingback: Peta Jensen

  11. Pingback: دانلود قسمت هفتم فصل دوم شهرزاد

  12. Pingback: kazikçi sosyalmarketim

  13. Pingback: hampton bay ceiling fan blog

  14. Pingback: دانلود فصل دوم شهرزاد

  15. Pingback: Paleo Diet

  16. Pingback: Free Stuff Worldwide

  17. Pingback: Scissor lift repair miami

  18. Pingback: latest online movies

  19. Pingback: عاشقانه

  20. Pingback: Hundeskove i Nordjylland

  21. Pingback: bypass windows 7 admin password

  22. Pingback: دانلود قسمت سیزده عاشقانه

  23. Pingback: under armour store australia

  24. Pingback: porno gratis

  25. Pingback: Raymond

  26. Pingback: videos porno

  27. Pingback: porno gratis

  28. Pingback: porno gratis

  29. Pingback: porno gratis

  30. Pingback: porno gratis

  31. Pingback: porno gratis

  32. Pingback: آموزش پنجره دوجداره

  33. Pingback: دانلود قسمت 17 عاشقانه

  34. Pingback: شرکت تولیدی پنجره دوجداره

  35. Pingback: love compatibility horoscope libra and scorpio

  36. Pingback: قیمت پنجره دوجداره

  37. Pingback: Acne Facial Treatments Lauderdale Lakes

  38. Pingback: دانلود موزیک

  39. Pingback: hip wrap

  40. Pingback: دانلود قسمت ششم شهرزاد

  41. Pingback: visitez le site

  42. Pingback: cheap jordans

  43. Pingback: jake burgess springfield mo

  44. Pingback: lingerie

  45. Pingback: Bandar Judi

  46. Pingback: coin-banks trading

  47. Pingback: magazin pescuit

  48. Pingback: coin-banks bitcoin

  49. Pingback: Porn

  50. Pingback: mlynek bosch mkm 6003 czarny

  51. Pingback: coin-banks cryptocurrency

  52. Pingback: rookie baseball card collection

  53. Pingback: anime

  54. Pingback: دانلود شهرزاد قسمت 15 پانزده

  55. Pingback: پنجره دوجداره

  56. Pingback: slot games

  57. Pingback: babies songs

  58. Pingback: blazing key

  59. Pingback: Roofing Long Island

  60. Pingback: 16 دانلود شهرزاد

  61. Pingback: دانلود فیلم

  62. Pingback: game

  63. Pingback: clique aqui

  64. Pingback: political polls

  65. Pingback: credit score

  66. Pingback: Move Out Cleaning harker heights TX

  67. Pingback: discount codes

  68. Pingback: sell home

  69. Pingback: دانلود فیلم ایرانی

  70. Pingback: پنجره

  71. Pingback: دانلود فیلم

  72. Pingback: پنجره دوجداره

  73. Pingback: فروش توری پنجره دوجداره

  74. Pingback: IELTS test in Karachi

  75. Pingback: instagram turbanli sex izle

  76. Pingback: best electric shaver review

  77. Pingback: garden bridge

  78. Pingback: game tembak online

  79. Pingback: qiu qiu online uang asli

  80. Pingback: Limo Rental Vancouver BC

  81. Pingback: Avinash Mishra Inviul

  82. Pingback: https://www.zotero.org/jameslynn290

  83. Pingback: colouring pages for girls

  84. Pingback: fixed shower head

  85. Pingback: walmart1

  86. Pingback: buy safe youtube views

  87. Pingback: window

  88. Pingback: دانلود فیلم

  89. Pingback: فیلم اکسیدان

  90. Pingback: aarp dental insurance plan for seniors

  91. Pingback: instagramda sex izle

  92. Pingback: Yakima Web Designer

  93. Pingback: Nursery Rhymes

  94. Pingback: Visit Website

  95. Pingback: پنجره

  96. Pingback: Dicas

  97. Pingback: drop shipping business for sale

  98. Pingback: پنجره دوجداره

  99. Pingback: plumbing companies

  100. Pingback: garden bridge

  101. Pingback: activewear

  102. Pingback: video vlog

  103. Pingback: unique

  104. Pingback: live sex cams

  105. Pingback: clique aqui

  106. Pingback: gay porn

  107. Pingback: دانلود

  108. Pingback: download

  109. Pingback: desert safari dubai deals

  110. Pingback: Denver virtual staging

  111. Pingback: دانلود فیلم

  112. Pingback: Bad Credit Remortgages

  113. Pingback: manuel

  114. Pingback: cleaning

  115. Pingback: what that

  116. Pingback: home maker on the edge

  117. Pingback: Watch movie for free

  118. Pingback: Easiest Way To Make Money Without a Website

  119. Pingback: tummy tuck Houston

  120. Pingback: animated cartoon

  121. Pingback: vape mods 101

  122. Pingback: buy hacklink

  123. Pingback: نهنگ عنبر

  124. Pingback: car shipping

  125. Pingback: Togel Online

  126. Pingback: learn colors with soccer balls for children

Top