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Southwest effect

Southwest effect  n.— Note: Named for Southwest Airlines. «What isn’t known is how much demand for travel will disappear this fall if fares are higher and the economy weakens further. When discounters enter markets and force all airlines...

gangloading

gangloading  n.— «Yesterday I joined 14 students in the altitude training chamber at the Eighty-ninth Physiological Training Flight at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, Maryland. Wearing helmets and oxygen masks that covered...

fly-by-light

fly-by-light  n.— «Traditional aeroplane controls still maintain a mechanical linkage directly from the pilot’s hands and feet to the the various surfaces used to manoeuvre the aircraft in flight. As larger aircraft and power-assisted...

Nigel

Nigel  n.— «That’s the kind of people these “Nigels”—the airline parlance for BA flight crews—are. They don’t panic because they’ve worked it all out beforehand.» —“Take notice of what Nigel does and you should be prepared...

hidden city

hidden city  n.— «If I change planes in Amsterdam and go on to Istanbul, it costs $550. If I get on the same flight at Bradley, skip the Istanbul flight and stay in Amsterdam, it’s $45 more. The extra three and a half hours of flying for...

happy sack

happy sack  n.—Gloss: an air-sickness bag of the kind typically used on airplanes. «Silberberg has been collecting the bags—also known as motion-sickness bags, or happy sacks—since he was in college. He got his first bag on a United...