How Planes Prepare for Peak Holiday Season – NBC 6 South Florida
Record passenger traffic on the horizon for Miami International Airport this holiday season. Arriving and departing flights on time is key and there is not a minute to lose.
Start when the flight arrives, shocks under the wheels, and the countdown begins. They only have 45 minutes to turn around for his next flight.
Two minutes after arrival, the cabin door opens. After three minutes, the cargo door opens. A minute later, the first bags are on the carpet, as 180 passengers begin to disembark.
âOur number one job is to make an airplane turn and therefore speed is of the essence, it’s so important. Everything we do is time,â said Radney Robertson, general manager of American Airlines Reagan Airport. .
The teams must sort the bags and get the remaining ones to the carousel within 20 minutes.
On board, the last passengers get off and the ground crew goes up. Caterers and cleaning staff move quickly. Below, the tanker is plugged in. In the cockpit, the arriving pilots are rotating.
20 minutes after arrival, the passengers of the next flight are already boarding.
As the next first officer makes his round of inspection.
“What I’m here for is kind of this last one, this last check to make sure everything is as it should be,” said Tom Arkwright, a first officer with American Airlines.
10 minutes before departure, the cabin door closes and as the journey returns in force, so does the Covid.
One passenger said: âI must be nervous, but you have to live, don’t you? “
Omicron doesn’t deter passengers, but many are taking extra care.
âI have supplies so I can wipe things up,â said one passenger.
âI am getting the third dose. Of course, without trying not to be where a lot of people are, âsaid another passenger.