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January 3rd, 2013

Unpacked: Deicing

Welcome to Unpacked, where we demystify hot topics in the airline industry! This time we’re talking about a timely winter topic, deicing. Deicing is exactly what it sounds like: the prevention or removal of snow or ice from aircraft during winter weather. From North to South and East to West, ’tis the season to deice, […]

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December 6th, 2012

Unpacked: Instrument Landing Systems

Welcome to Unpacked, where we demystify hot topics in the airline industry! This time we’re talking about instrument landing systems (ILS). When you think about how planes take off and land, a couple of factors likely come to mind: pilots and air traffic controllers. Oh yes, and planes. Less obvious, though no less important are […]

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November 8th, 2012

Unpacked: How We Plan for Weather Events

Welcome to Unpacked, where we demystify hot topics in the airline industry! This time we’re talking about how we plan around icky weather, or – as we call them in airline talk – weather events. Weather is one of those topics that people get passionate about. After all, weather determines a lot of different variables […]

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October 4th, 2012

Unpacked: Fear of Flying

Most people are afraid of something. Some people are afraid of flying. It’s one of those fears that might show up on Family Feud’s short list along with fear enclosed spaces, clowns or snakes. Some folks say there’s a scientific reason why people fear spiders or snakes – in fact, there may have been an […]

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September 6th, 2012

Unpacked: The Past, Present and Future of Air Traffic Control

Welcome to Unpacked, where we demystify hot topics in the airline industry! This time we’re talking about the past, present and future of air traffic control. Even if you don’t know much about air traffic control, you’ve probably heard the term, and you probably know something about a person on the ground who talks to […]

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August 24th, 2012

Unpacked SPECIAL EDITION: Buddy Pass Travel

The internet is a twitter this week with a story of buddy pass travel gone wrong, and we realize the chatter has raised some questions about exactly what buddy pass travel is and how it works. Buddy passes are a sweet bonus for having friends or family who work for an airline. Most airline crewmembers […]

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August 2nd, 2012

Unpacked: Support Centers

Welcome to Unpacked, where we demystify hot topics in the airline industry! This edition’s topic peels back the layers of our company physiology to reveal our Support Centers. When most people think of airline employees, pilots and flight attendants first come to mind. Maybe they think about the guys and gals who transport checked baggage […]

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July 5th, 2012

Unpacked: Summer Thunderstorms

Welcome to Unpacked, where we demystify hot topics in the airline industry! This edition’s hot topic – literally – is summer thunderstorms. Cue the waterworks. Thunderstorms can happen at any time of year, but weather conditions in the summertime, namely moisture and quickly rising warm air, make for a perfect storm. According to the National […]

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June 7th, 2012

Unpacked: How Planes Fly

Welcome to Unpacked, where we demystify hot topics in the airline industry! In this edition we take a 30,000 foot look at the physics behind how planes fly. Without understanding anything about the mechanics of planes and air travel, it’s pretty incredible to think about how a heavy machine (the plane) can be loaded with […]

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May 3rd, 2012

Unpacked: Bird Strikes

Sometimes It’s A Bird AND A Plane (but sadly, no Superman)… Welcome to Unpacked, where we demystify hot topics in the airline industry! Following last week’s incident, we received lots of questions from people about what happened and about what happens generally when there’s a “bird strike.” While the nomenclature might seem obvious, there’s actually […]

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