Very fast paced, and heavy work with few breaks. This is mostly due to understaffing.
There are 3 kinds of flights that you work on:
3. Turn (onload and offload)
You have to do turn flights in under an hour. The crew chief has to call his numbers in 10 minutes before the departure time.
1. The flight arrives. You must park it. Chock the wheels. Set up safety cones. Hook up the power. Manually carry strollers and carry-on luggage up a flight of stairs to the bridge.
2. You will have to onload/offload bags and cargo. All by hand. sometimes 50 pieces, sometimes 400 pieces. All within 50 minutes.
3. In the last 10 minutes, you close up aircraft netting, pull away the support equipment/vehicles (tug, belt, carts). Then hookup the pushback.
Then it's on to the next flight, sometimes next 2-3 flights. With no break.
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