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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...

jumpseat

jumpseat  v.— «Someone at my company was jumpseating on FedEx and he said the crew told him he was on a flight that would do what was known as sweeps. Staying in the air for about an extra hour in case a plane broke down somewhere at an...

sweep

sweep  n.— «Someone at my company was jumpseating on FedEx and he said the crew told him he was on a flight that would do what was known as sweeps. Staying in the air for about an extra hour in case a plane broke down somewhere at an...

chimp box

chimp box  n.— «More interesting to me is not really manual control of the flight but what was known as the “chimp box.” This is analogous to an autopilot. Basically automating the whole flight.» —“Second Life Space...