The view from 30,000 feet is one of the things I love the most about
flying. It always gives me a feeling of wonder. And looking at the
vastness of the sky and the clouds drifting by, I can’t help but think,
each and every time, there IS a God!
Ever thought about what happens the moment your plane touches down
the runway and slowly taxis towards its designated gate? I’ve flown
countless times and not once did it cross my mind, as I’ve always been
more preoccupied with the thought of getting out of the aircraft the
moment the doors are opened and getting my bags as quickly as possible.
Only during my recent trip to the Philippines did I manage to see the
highly synchronised ballet that unfolds on the tarmac the moment your
aircraft approaches its designated gate.
There is a man who guides the pilot using flags and hand gestures.
Does anyone know what he’s called? I’ve tried googling it but haven’t
had much luck.
Once the plane’s landing gear is on the yellow line, these men
scramble to put these wedges under the wheels to ensure there is no
unnecessary movement, much like a car parked on a slope.
At the same time, the jet bridge is slowly being manoeuvered into position, in preparation for the passengers’ disembarkation.
Other workers scramble to put orange cones around the plane’s engines
and the tip of each wing; others are on stand-by to handle the luggage.
A conveyor belt loader moves towards the aircraft as the luggage hold is opened.
The first baggage truck arrives and gets ready to receive all off-loaded baggage.
But wait! What is this? The baby strollers are the first to be off-loaded! See that guy right under the wing, near the engine?
strollers offloaded from a plane
The strollers are carried up the flight of stairs located at the side
of the jet bridge, so that disembarking passengers can collect the
strollers as they exit.
Sometimes, the luggage get out of the plane much faster than the passengers do!
And so concludes the well-orchestrated tarmac ballet that unfolds as you wait to disembark from your plane.