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22 December 2009 @ 08:08 am
On the ground, but ...  

So, I'm stuck on a plane in Chicago while waiting for the airport people to give us a gate. While waiting, I thought I'd check the status of my connecting flight. I have plenty of time, so I'm not really worried about making it, but it's something to do.

While looking, I see that the airline is calling our flight "arrived", and I'm certain this goes toward their "on time" statistics for this flight. But it strikes me as a bit misleading to call this flight arrived if no one can get off for another 15 minutes. It's not like the people who have short connections are all, "Oh, thank goodness we're here. I'll definitely make my next flight now."

drwexdrwex on December 22nd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
They're allowed a 15 minute window
Any flight that makes it on ground within 15 minutes of scheduled arrival time is allowed to be labeled "on time" no matter how long after that it takes for the passengers to deplane.
harimad on December 23rd, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
"Arrival" is defined as on the ground within 15 min of scheduled arrival time.

"Departure" is defined as pushed back from the gate within 15 min of scheduled departure time.

Anyone notice the big yawning logical gap between these two?