Revealed: Secret codes airline staff don’t want you to know

New Delhi: Sometimes when you’re flying the airline staff can talk in their own language – making you worry that there’s something they don’t want you hear. Airport staff, cabin crew, and the pilots all have secret codes that they use. It enables them to talk to each other without revealing any information to the passengers.

Revealed: Secret codes airline staff don't want you to know

Lets have a look on what all the enigmatic language reportedly means.

General Codes:

Pax: Passengers.

Bird: Plane/Aircraft.

Blue room: The bathroom.

Furlough: when a plane company downsizes, they sometimes give you a ‘furlough’ which means that if they start hiring again they have to offer you your old job back before hiring new people

Slam-click: when a crew member goes to the hotel and stays there until it’s time to fly again e.g. “I’m exhausted, I’m going to slam-click” or “she won’t come out with us, she’s a slam-clicker”

Coach roach: a cabin crew member who prefers working in coach rather than higher airline classes

Code Adam: It alerts staff to a missing child. Named in honour of Adam Walsh, a child who was abducted in a department store.

Code Bravo – most codes are used to avoid causing alarm to the public, but Code Bravo is used in order to deliberately cause panic, thereby making it easier to eliminate the threat without interference. Employees will all shout “code bravo!” if they want to cause alarm deliberately.

What they don’t want you to hear:

Ditch: An emergency landing into water.

Mayday: The ultimate international radio distress call, indicating imminent danger to the life of the occupants onboard and requiring immediate assistance.

Pan Pan: International radio urgency call. It usually indicates a threat to the safety of an aircraft or its passengers. Less urgent than Mayday.

Squawks: Problems or discrepancies with an aircraft transmitted by an assigned code. For example:

7700 – Mayday/ Emergency

7600 – Radio Failure/ Lost communication

7500 – Hijacking

Stall: When airflow over the wing slows down too much and causes a loss of lift. This can be catastrophic in a jet.

Wake turbulence: Turbulence that forms behind an aircraft as it passes through the air. Behind a large heavy aircraft they can be powerful enough to roll or even break up a smaller aircraft.

Windshear: Change in wind speed and/or direction over a short distance, resulting in a tearing or shearing effect, that can cause a sudden loss of airspeed with occasionally disastrous results if encountered when taking-off or landing.

Easy Victor: Evacuate the aircraft.