20 Airplane Codes Pilots Don't Want Passengers To Know About

These days, many people choose to travel by flying on an airplane. That is especially true if they are planning to go on a long-distance trip since flying makes it significantly shorter.

Lots of people do not have any problems with travelling that way, but there are some who do not like it. According to independent.co.uk, one in every three passengers on an airplane is not someone who wants to be there, since lots of people are actually afraid of flying.

To some people, that may seem unreasonable. To others, it makes sense. Either way, one thing that doesn’t make it easier is not understanding some of the codes the staff uses.

Here are just a few that they wouldn’t want passengers to know about.

20 At This Time Basically Means Right Now


According to businessinsider.com, when someone on a plane says “at this time,” they really want passengers to do something at that very moment. A great example of this is when they ask everyone on the plane not to have their electronic devices out. This is an urgent code they use.

19 Holding Pattern Refers To A Course


If passengers that are on an airplane hear something about a holding pattern, it is possible that they might not be far from landing. According to merriem-webster.com, the plane, in this case, might fly in the shape of an oval while waiting to land. They’re usually just passing some time.

18 All-Call Is A Request


There are lots of times when people have to do some kind of roll-call, and that’s basically what the words “all-call” mean when they’re said by someone on an airplane. According to askthepilot.com, this is just their way of making sure all of the staff are where they should be.

17 Doors To Arrival And Cross-Check Has Something To Do With The Emergency Escape Slides


When someone on a plane mentions doors to arrival, they are usually referencing the emergency slides. The staff members need to ensure that the slides aren’t going to come out when the doors to the plane open. Cross-checking means one person confirmed what another should be doing, according to askthepilot.com.

16 A Flight Is Likely Being Delayed When They Say Last Minute Paperwork


If last-minute paperwork has been brought up, that usually means that there is a slight delay, according to businessinsider.com. There are a few different things that can cause a flight delay to occur, which is probably why this is such a vague code. This doesn’t mean anything dangerous is happening.

15 Flight Level Is Something They Say When They’re Talking About How High The Plane Is During A Flight


Anyone who has ever spent a little time flying around in an airplane has likely heard the words “flight level.” These words basically are just used to describe how high the airplane is when it has reached the highest elevation it is supposed to go, according to askthepilot.com.

14 The Flightdeck Is A Reference To A Certain Area Of The Plane


There really isn’t much meaning to this one. When someone brings up the flight deck on an airplane, they are talking about the small area in which the pilots sit to control the airplane. Usually, people call that space the cockpit, but flight deck is what airlines call it, according to businessinsider.com.

13 The First Officer Is Very Important


Many people don’t know what “first-officer” means when it comes to airplanes. That person is actually one of the pilots. They wear three stripes on their shoulder, according to business insider.com. They typically sit somewhere on the right side of the flight deck, while the main pilot sits on the left.

12 When They Say Final Approach, They’re About To Land


The words “final approach” are heard at the end of a flight. They should never be heard any earlier than that, considering the fact that it means they are about to land, according to askthepilot.com. That is not something that is hard to figure out, but it’s not common knowledge.

11 Flights That Don’t Stop Are Called Non-Stop Flights


This one might seem pretty obvious, but when someone who works for an airline calls a flight a non-stop flight, it means that they will fly straight to the flight’s final destination. There are some flights that make stops, but according to businessinsider.com, this is not one of those flights.

10 Direct Flight Does Not Mean The Same Thing As Non-Stop Flight


Some people might hear the words “direct flight” and think that it is a non-stop flight, but this is actually very different. According to businessinsider.com, this means something else entirely. It really means that the flight number is not going to change. Those who fly frequently may already know this.

9 Code 7600 Is Not Good


No one wants to hear about a code referred to as 7600 while they are riding on an airplane, but it really is not as bad as some of the other codes that are sometimes used. According to answers.com, this is something that refers to the loss of radio communication.

8 Blue Juice Refers To Something In The Bathroom


This doesn’t mean anything dangerous is happening, but it is something no one wants to hear. It is pretty gross. According to theclever.com, “blue juice” is a code for water from the bathroom. This code is usually used when the water has overflowed onto the floor of the airplane bathroom.

7 Wheels-Up Time Is When A Plane Is No Longer On The Ground


When airline staff members talk about when they believe a plane should no longer be on the ground, they might be heard using the term “wheels-up time,” according to businessinsider.com. This is something they say about the moment an airplane is fully lifted into the air when it takes off.

6 Code 7700 Is Usually Used When There Is An Emergency


According to theclever.com, this is really not something anyone ever wants to hear while they are on an airplane. Code 7700 means that there is some kind of emergency going on, but it is a vague warning. It could be about a passenger, or the plane itself, which isn’t good.

5 When They Say Alley, They’re Waiting On A Different Plane


Alleys are mentioned when something is going on with a different airplane, according to askthepilot.com. For example, some airline staff members might tell the passengers that they need to wait to do something until one of the other planes gets out of the way, so sometimes they’ll mention an alley.

4 Bad Weather Is Occurring Somewhere If They Use The Words An Area Of Weather


Passengers should definitely be thankful for this one. When airline staff members mention the weather, that is usually because there is bad weather ahead of them, according to businessinsider.com. These flights usually go in a different direction to avoid bad weather and make sure that they all stay safe.

3 No One On An Airplane Ever Wants To Hear A Code Red


According to flyertalk.com, there are some people who are unfamiliar with what the words “code red” mean on an airplane. As far as color codes go, red is never good. This usually means that one of the passengers is going through something very serious. This is usually a medical emergency.

2 There Are Certain Sounds That Are Codes


Not all codes on airplanes are verbal. Some of them are actually beeps, according to answers.yahoo.com. These sounds are usually used to let the other staff members know about something that is going on. The number of beeps is very important here since they can mean different a few things.

1 Air Pocket Means That There Could Be Issues Ahead


When an airplane goes through an air pocket, that just means that the plane is experiencing some turbulence, which is never a fun experience for anyone on board. According to news.com.au, this can make airplane rides a bit bumpy for a little while. Turbulence is kind of a scary thing.

Sources: Independent, Business Insider, Merriam-Webster, Ask The Pilot, The Clever, Flyertalk, Yahoo! Answers, News.com.au

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