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Airline Terminology

AAP AFT attendant panel
ABP Able bodied person/passenger
A/C Aircraft
AFT Near, towards or in the rear of section of the aircraftt
AIP Attendant Indication Panel
ATA Actual time of arrival
Aircraft left (A/C L) Left side of the aircraft, standing in the cabin looking forward towards the flight deck
Aircraft Number An identification number painted on the side of the aircraft
Altitude Distance in feet above the ground at sea level. Cabin altitude is the altitude being maintained inside the cabin by means of pressure
Anticipated A situation which is expected to happen
APU Auxilary Power Unit. A built in power source that provides power to the aircraft when the engines are not running.
Aircraft right (A/C R) Right side of the aircraft, standing in the cabin looking forward towards the flight deck
Arm your door The process of positioning a slide for emergency use. This is done just prior to any type of aircraft movement
ATC Air Traffic Control
Base Supervisor/ Base Manager Responsible for overall supervision of the flight attendant group for a particular domicile. Reports to the regional manager of inflight in their region.
Bidding Process by which flight attendants schedules are awarded
Block to Block When the A/C moves from the ramp blocks for the purpose of flight and ending when the A/C comes to a stop at the ramp at the termination of a flight.
Bulkhead Any wall in the A/C. Typically a wall in front of a row of seats of the A/C.
Cabin The interior of an aircraft where passengers are seated.
Cabin Divider Any material or structure that divides the cabin- also known as a bulkhead
Captain (CA/PIC) Pilot in command who sits in the left seat of the flight deck
Charter Flight An airplane "rented" by a group for its own use- may operate on or off the Allegiant system as long as the destination city has approved airport facilities
Check in time The time the flight attendant is required to report for duty
Check Ride A flight in which the crew members are being check on for the performance of their duties.
CIDS Cabin Intercommunication Data System
Configuration Refers to the basic layout and seating arrangements of the A/C
Crew Rest The period from actual check out to scheduled check in
Crew Services The department responsible for assigning and keeping track of all flight crews
Cross Check Verify all doors in your area of responsibility are armed and disarmed
CSA Customer Service Agent
Deadhead Transportation of a crew member from one point to another to cover a trip or return to home base
Deplane The term used to denote customers leaving the airplane. Should NOT be referred to as deboarding
Depressurization An involuntary loss of cabin pressure
Direct Flight A flight which is non-stop. Customers fly directly to their destination without stops or changing aircrafts
Disarm your door The process of detaching or repositioning the slide to its original normal non-emergency state. This is done when the A/C is parked at the gate
Dispatch Department within the OCC (operations control center). This department is charged with dispatching flights, determining the suitability of operational facilities and safe operation of each flight.
Domicile Also referred to as home base. Flight crews will originate and terminate their scheduled trips from this city.
DOT Department of Transportation
Egress A path of exit
Equipment Refers to the A/C type (A320, A319). Can also refer to emergency equipment found onboard.
ELS Emergency Light Switch
EMK Emergency Medical Kit
ETA Estimated time of arrival
ETD Estimated time of departure
Evacuation The procedure by which customers are deplaned in the quickest and most orderly manner for emergency purposes.
Evacuation Slide An inflatable slide mounted on the inside of the aircraft doors for the use of all onboard in an emergency.
F/A or FA Flight Attendant
F/A jumpseat Retractable seat in the cabin where flight attendants sit for takeoff and landings.
FAA Federal Aviation Administration- Regulatory agency with oversight of aviation in the USA.
FAK First Aid Kit
FAM Flight attendant manual
FAP Forward attendant panel
FAR's Federal Aviation Regulations- Mandated requirements set forth by the FAA to govern how airlines operate.
Ferry Flight A flight set up to operate without revenue customers. May or may not operate with FA's
Flight Deck The compartment, consisting of all controls and navigation equipment.
First Officer (F/O) Second in command to the Captain
Flaps Hinged or pivotal portions of the wing used for lift during takeoff and landing. The flaps are retractable into the wing with the aircraft is in flight.
Floor Level Exit All aircraft doors are floor level exits and are used as emergency exits
FLT Flight
Fuselage The aircraft body
FWD Forward- the front of the A/C towards the flight deck.
Girtbar A metal bar attached to the escape slide to arm/disarm the slide from the aircraft.
Galley Designated are where beverages and meals are prepared
Gate Area where customers congregate before boarding
GSC Ground Security Coordinator
HAL Halon fire extinguisher
Holding A flight that is waiting. It may be holding on the ground for gate or holding for takeoff clearance, may also be holding in the air
ICK Infection Control Kit
IOE Initial Operating Experience
Inbound The A/C , flight crew, or anyone else arriving at a station
INOP Inoperative
Inboard Jumpseat position that is closest to the aisle.
Intermediate stop Scheduled stops between the origination of a flight and the termination at the destination
ISC Inflight Security Coordinator
Jetway Enclosed tunnel/passageway between the aircraft and the terminal gate area, which is power driven and controlled by the gate agent. Also known as a JETBRIDGE.
J/S Jumpseat
Jumpseat rider Any person, other than a working crew member who is qualified and authorized to sit on the jumpseat
L1 First door, A/C left
L2 Second door, A/C left
Lapchild or L/C An unticketed child who has not yet reached their second birthday
LAV Aircraft lavatory or restroom
Layover A point, enroute, on a flight where the crew spends time on the ground.
Leading edge of the wing The forward edge of the wing
MCP Master Control Panel
MEG Megaphone
Misconnect A customer who was inbound on a flight that was to connect them to another flight, but due to delays, arrived after his connection flight departs. Allegiant doesn't offer connection services
MRT Manual Release Tool
No Show A crew member who is more than 5 mins late for check in. A customer who has a reservation for a flight but doesn't show up for it
NR Non-revenue customer/ Pass rider
NTSB National Transportation Safety Board
OHB Overhead Bin
Operations The company office at the airport responsible for loading and working of a flight
Originating Station The city where a flight begins
Outbound The A/C flight crew or anyone leaving a station
Outboard Jumpseat position closest to the fuselage of the A/C.
Overhead bin (OHB) An enclosed compartment in the aircraft located above customers seats in which carry on items can be placed. Each bin is labeled with weight limits.
OWE Over Wing Exit
PAX Passenger
PA Public Address System
PBE Protective Breathing Equipment
Per Diem Daily dollar amount paid to crew members for time away from base.
Placards FAA required passenger information signs located throughout the aircraft.
POB Portable Oxygen Bottle
Pre-Flight The act of checking the serviceability and location f emergency equipment on the A/C prior to departure. This is done as soon as the F/A's board the A/C.
PSU Passenger Service Unit. Located above individual rows of passengers seats. Contains air vents, reading light, F/A call button and oxygen panel.
Pushback The procedure by which round equipment moves an aircraft away from the gate.
R1 First door, A/C right
R2 Second door, A/C right
Ramp The concrete parking area for aircrafts at the terminal building.
RON Remain overnight
Runway The area used specifically for takeoffs and landings of A/C's
Secure To fasten, tie down, or store ay loose items i the cabin to insure safe positioning.
Standby A revenue or non-revenue customer waiting to get on an aircraft after those with reservations are boarded.
Stow To place articles in a safe location for takeoff and landing
Subservice Using another airlines A/C to fly Allegiant passengers.
Taxi To operate an aircraft under its own power on the ground.
Termination The station here a flight makes its last stop.
Through Customer A customer who is continuing through an intermediate stop to a further destination
Through Flight A flight between two cities that stops at an intermediate station t board additional customers
Trailing edge of wing The AFT (rear) edge of the wing.
Trip Sequence A combination of two or ore flights with the same trip number, departing from and returning to the flight attendants domicile.
TSA Transportation Security Administration
Turbulence A term used to describe irregular movement of the aircraft by uncommon changes in the atmospheric air currents.
Unanticipated A situation which is not expected to happen.
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