When you think of airports that appeal to AvGeek, a certain few will always come to mind: St. Maarten, Los Angeles, or maybe Paine Field. Some airports that probably don’t come to mind might be West Palm Beach, Burbank, and Ft. Lauderdale, but maybe they should.
In most major American airports, passengers flow directly from the terminal to the aircraft by the use of a jet bridge, never truly getting a good view of the aircraft they are about to board. At some airports, however, if you play your cards right, you are able to board the plane from the ramp, getting an epic view of your soon to be aircraft as you enter through the door. At some locations there passengers can both board from a jetway in the front and via the ramp in the back.
“We provide rear deplaning in several of our warmer weather cities. Domestically, we have rear deplaning in West Palm Beach, FL, Long Beach, CA, Fort Lauderdale, FL (on occasion), and Burbank, CA,” said Allison Steinberg, Corporate Communications at JetBlue. “During warmer times of the year we offer this service in JFK, Nantucket, MA, Marthaâ€™s Vineyard, MA, and Westchester County, NY.”
But why does JetBlue provide this awesome opportunity? No, it isn’t for the AvGeeks, but simply to turn the plane around faster to minimize aircraft downtime. “In most instances, it is helpful when we utilize rear deplaning and allows for us to turn aircraft easier,” said Steinberg, adding “many customers enjoy it and even take photos while they walk past the engine and wing.”
While the ability for passengers to walk along side the aircraft and take pictures is an unintended consequence of efficiency, it is great to see that JetBlue has no issues with passengers making the most of the experience. Typically, only passengers seated in the rear half of the aircraft are given the option to board via the air stairs, so plan accordingly if you want to try this out. When on the ramp, don’t be afraid to take some pictures and document the experience!
|This story written by… Jason Rabinowitz, Senior Correspondent.Jason is a New York City native who has grown up in the shadow of JFK International Airport. A true “avgeek”, he enjoys plane spotting and photography, as well taking any opportunity he can get to fly on an aircraft.@AirlineFyer | FaceBook ||