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When commercial pilots retires, they're given a "water salute." /r/ALL

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u/uitSCHOT 7d ago

When my dad retired we tried to get a "wash out" for him as well, but due to the time we arrived it didn't happen because the fire department was just changing shifts at that time.

Didn't matter as it was raining so hard we got enough of a wash out anyway. Plus due to the wind direction my dad got to land on a runway he only rarely got to use at his home airport (Schiphol Amsterdam).

Was still a good flight tho, and an amazing landing. We had rough weather but my dad pulled off an absolute textbook landing so smooth, proud son feeling as I sat in the jump seat filming my dad's last landing as a commercial pilot.

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u/fishyfishyswimswim 7d ago

My dad's due for retirement this year. Feel very sad for him, he may already have done his last flight and not known it. He's been taking every flight in the last year as potentially his last. I know there are bigger problems people have with covid, but he's been at this for over 40 years now and it would have been nice for him to get the proper farewell, and had his family along for it.

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u/Kaeny 7d ago edited 7d ago

When he comes home next time after his retirement date, hose him down in the driveway

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u/brandonhardyy 7d ago

This guy celebrates.

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u/FlamingJesusOnaStick 7d ago

Golden showers for everybody!

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u/throwawayguy369 7d ago

Yeah!

...wait, no.

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u/BSchafer 7d ago

This guy doesn’t celebrate

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u/DrOrpheus3 7d ago

In Putins Russia, every shower is golden.

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u/quickleyquickley 7d ago

Pilots who flew like crap at the end get exactly this kind of salute

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u/Icy-Independence3621 7d ago

That was on AF1 last administration

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u/EarthBound0001 7d ago

He will go through every stage of grief in ten seconds

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u/ocher_stone 7d ago

My fiance's dad retired last fall after 40, missed out on the fun. We did one at his house as a surprise with water guns and his car after returning. He still seemed to enjoy it.

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u/righthandofdog 7d ago

A friend retired from Delta after 35 this year and never got a last flight and water salute. He put on his uniform, got on a scooter with his wife (a retired flight attendant) in uniform with cocktail shaker and did a lap around the neighborhood. Everyone on the street sprayed their hoses across the road and the fire department sent a truck at the end of the block to do it right.

Made the evening news in Atlanta since Delta is based here

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u/Jorge_ElChinche 7d ago

It’s nice to think people are still out there doing this kind of thing for each other

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u/wagmorebarkles 7d ago

I cant even tell you how awesome this is!!!

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u/flexlind 7d ago

Aah Delta! I remember one morning coming down from my hotelroom once and the lady in the breakfast area asks me and my buddy: "Are you from Delta?" And we both looked at eachother shaking our heads to the lady saying "No we are only staying here". After paying for our breakfast we quickly realized that we probably lost a free breakfast since at some hotels if they are near an airport the pilots can eat breakfast for free!

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u/uitSCHOT 7d ago

Oof, I can imagine. At this point you might just take an early retirement to get rid of the "worry" which flight is your last. My uncle also never had an official final flight, he got in a motorbike accident and that prevented him from flying ever again, so that was his flying career over.

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u/lcbtexas 7d ago

Same here. Luckily the last flight he flew before covid was a Japan trip, which he loved, and the Japanese airport made a big deal of the flight because it was the last ever delta flight out of that airport. So he kinda got a celebration

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u/cookingwithmayo 7d ago

Yep my dad had to medically retire after a heart attack so never got his wash out. Bummed but hey at least he's alive

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u/Colonel_Green 7d ago

My father-in-law was a commercial pilot, but he missed out on a retirement send off because the last airline he worked for went bankrupt unexpectedly (for him, anyway). He could have worked for a couple more years, but decided that a job search at age 58 sounded like more trouble than it'd be worth, so he just retired.

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u/titswallop 7d ago

Ah that's not fair. He deserves respect for having done such a responsible job for so long. I hope you all can find a way to mark his achievement one way or another.

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u/Jynx2501 7d ago

The world always has problems like Covid. Doesn't negate personal hurdles, obstacles, moments, feelings, etc...

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u/RealAverageJane 7d ago

I'd be bawling about this... hope your dad gets his proper send off! ✈✈

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u/JasonBob 7d ago

My dad retired as an airline pilot during COVID. He wasn't able to get a water salute either, and I wasn't able to join him like we would've wanted. I was pretty bummed as I'd always imagined being there on his final landing. We all ended up waiting at home and made a water salute with some garden hoses over the car. Not ideal, but it was 2020.

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u/Xvr_rich 7d ago

Can hear that line being used a lot in the near future, 'but it was 2020'...

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u/oragnitized 7d ago

"I've been working hard, I'd like to request a salary increase..."

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u/pyrodogg 7d ago

"Oh, that was just the 20's for ya..."

We're just getting started.

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u/baby_fart 7d ago

When my dad retired as a middleschool janitor all the other custodians held him by the ankles and gave him a congratulatory swirly in the boys restroom. Not quite the same, but I know the proud son feeling!

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u/StinkyLinke 7d ago

Wait....swirlys are a REAL THING? I thought that was just movie shenanigans. You know, like how nobody ever says goodbye on the phone in American movies.

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u/Gunmakun 7d ago

Must have been a big bathroom lol

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u/levoniust 7d ago

when pilots and flight attendants are working they are allowed to fly wherever they want off duty and I believe they're able to take one person with them whenever they want correct? does that continue after they are finished working with the company or retired?

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u/baby_fart 7d ago

When I worked at 7-11 we got to eat all the leftover hotdogs we wanted after they were on the rollers for more than 6 hours. Nice little perk!

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u/levoniust 7d ago

I love how completely unrelated this is

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u/Fearstruk 7d ago

When I sold cell phones in the mall years ago, I made friends with the guy that worked at Godiva. He would bring me a bag of the leftover chocolate covered strawberries every night after closing. I miss the strawberries and the key lime truffles

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u/AdrenalineEmily 7d ago

This is how it used to be. It is definitely not like this anymore. Depends entirely on the company as far as what benefits you get on which airlines.

Source: used to work for a commercial airline.

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u/Kaeny 7d ago

For my ex who is an attendant for JAL, they can't bring anyone, but they get a huge discount on air fairs.

Apparently there is a rule where you have to dress appropriately though. Some archaic modesty rule. It's cold on a plane anyways so I doubt it will be a problem

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u/TheSavouryRain 7d ago

Just a passenger, but I always dress decently on a plane. Button down and pants, never shorts.

I figure A) extra layering never hurts and B) on the off chance my flight offers free upgrades (a rarity nowadays), I'm more likely to be picked if I look like I belong.

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u/Kaeny 7d ago

Huh, thats smart. Isn't there usually a waitlist though?

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u/Luquitaz 7d ago edited 7d ago

Yeah upgrades basically are never random and there is a long hierarchy of who gets it. If the guy that is global elite status is wearing shorts he is still getting the upgrade over you in your suit.

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u/ReasonableBeep 7d ago

Isn’t it based on cost? My dad was unknowingly first on the list because he paid almost 4K on a flight that normally runs <2k because of a family emergency. He had foot and other health issues at the time so he was wearing bright red crocs and pajamas so he definitely seemed crazy but he was bumped. He wasn’t of any special status at that time either as it was his first time on a plane in over 10 years.

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u/Luquitaz 7d ago

It's both. My dad traveled a lot for work and when he was high status in United he would get upgraded all the time.

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u/redpenquin 7d ago

It's cold on a plane anyways so I doubt it will be a problem

Tell that to every flight I've had being sweltering. I swear it's a myth that planes are cold, but I guess I've just had horrible luck.

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u/ReasonableBeep 7d ago

This is the first time I’ve ever heard/seen someone say that flights are hot O.O

I’m the type to crank on the AC as soon as there’s a single green leaf growing in spring but flights will always need thick socks, sweaters, and a blankets for me.

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u/fishyfishyswimswim 7d ago

They aren't usually warm. Not saying there aren't exceptions, but in air (not on the ground, tin cans can heat up like crazy on the ground in warm weather), the temperature is kept at a level that most people find coll because it reduces the amount of air sickness.

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u/arealmentalist 7d ago

Travelling in summer definitely, if the sun is out the plane becomes a sauna. In other seasons with no sun out, its often cold.

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u/cyvaquero 7d ago edited 7d ago

Depends on the airline.

Ex was an Allegheny Airlines flight attendant. I got to fly free on US Air whenever I wanted space available and paid like $25 for 1st class upgrade (plus dress business (shirt/tie/khakis or suit). I didn't automatically get a ticket on her flights but if I was going to be off a few days I'd usually just fly to her next to last stop for the night and ride her last leg to whereever. That was in the early 2000s but even then those benefits extended to other airlines based on partnerships and what not.

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u/CommandoLamb 7d ago

My uncle works for fedex on their planes and he has told me a couple of stories of catching flights with them back in the day. I don't think they allow it anymore.

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u/Monkaloo 7d ago

For Southwest pilots (my uncle), yes.

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u/uitSCHOT 7d ago

Nope, when they're retired those benefits are gone as well, at least for the company my dad worked for. Was great to join my dad at work tho, saw some cool places

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u/baby_fart 7d ago

Did you ever go to Gary, Indiana? It's always been on my bucket list and I've heard it's beautiful.

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u/AbstractBettaFish 7d ago

As a Chicago resident I regularly drive through it and can confirm, it is magnificent. Definitely plan your next vacation there, bring the kids!

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u/Velocirapture_ 7d ago

y’all are gonna get someone shot 😂😂

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u/Serinus 7d ago

If you're not going through at 1am and you're not poking around in odd places like walking through an alley you'll be fine.

Even in the worst places people aren't generally out looking for trouble.

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u/uitSCHOT 7d ago

Only ever seen New York City, Minneapolis and Bozeman airports. Beyond that I've only seen European ones

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u/cookingwithmayo 7d ago

Different for every airline. At southwest you, your spouse, and your parents have a lifetime pass on SW. You and your spouse can get 90% off on any fare on almost any airline for life as well. Your kids (me) only get free tickets until around 23.

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u/TeighMart 7d ago

Aw that's a really cute story bud. Cherish that memory.

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u/PhillipIInd 7d ago

mooi verhaal man!

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u/Icy-Independence3621 7d ago

I love Schiphol. Fabulous airport.

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u/gauerrrr 7d ago

Your dad so badass he got washed out by God himself.

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u/--_-Deadpool-_-- 7d ago

I hate Schipol for the sole reason that it takes an absurdly long time to taxi to and from the terminal. That airport is massive.

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u/uitSCHOT 7d ago

I know exactly which runway you mean, takes well over 15 min. To taxi to and it's the most used runway as well

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u/BokiGilga 7d ago

We did this for my dad also. Although, as a postman on a bike, he didn't really appreciate it.

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u/IspitchTownFC 7d ago

I know right...

When your dad got a water salute, it's cool and awesome.

But when I got a special water salute from a rando off Craigslist, then I'm the weird guy. Society...

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u/MirthMan732 7d ago

I was lucky enough to be on a pilot’s retirement final flight from ORD to EWR (Chicago Ohare to Newark Liberty) the flight normally takes 2.5-3 hours but as it was the pilots final flight all planes held off to give him immediate take off and first landing. We had no taxiing at all. Pulled out of the gate and went straight to the runway, most direct route to Newark and the first window to land. Must have made it in an hour and 20 minutes. Lots of pilots and crew members waiting for the pilot outside our gate when we landed as well. Pretty unique and enjoyable experience for all of us on board.

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u/Pamander 7d ago

Ah damn that makes me emotional and I wasn't even there! I love it when humans do shit for each other like this. It's definitely a different kind of feeling.

Reminds me of how fucked up the Perseverance landing made me especially with it eventually being an international effort and stuff collecting the samples with the ESA, humans working together/helping each other always makes me happy. There's probably a German word for it somewhere!

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u/NaturalSelecty 7d ago

perfectenschlag

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u/kuhlmarl 7d ago

Perfektenschlag? No idea what it means but gotta be a k there.

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u/gabelovescheese 7d ago

I teared up when I read Perseverance’s first tweet. I have no idea why, and it surprised me!

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u/Pamander 7d ago

You were definitely not alone! It's been a great time and there's so much more cool stuff to come from that little (or big I suppose) rover. Excited to see it's helicopter take flight hopefully soon! The people over at NASA and presumably their partners are incredible.

The fact that they managed to pull off this mission combined with the fact that Curiosity is still active and working is also insane and a testament to the engineering and effort that all those humans put into it, for some reason the idea of those two up there working their asses off for humanity at the same time is so cool.

Also I was looking into the mission time and found this photo of the hard working Curiosity and just thought it was a great picture so I am adding it to this comment so others can enjoy it: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/Curiosity_Self-Portrait_at_%27Big_Sky%27_Drilling_Site.jpg

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u/kroganwarlord 7d ago

I went from 0 to ugly crying in seconds after hearing 'touchdown confirmed'. Shocked both me and my boyfriend. And I teared up AGAIN after hearing it in the HD video! I watched Curiosity land and Cassini lose signal -- I dunno why Percy is hitting me so much harder than those two.

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u/jetmover78 7d ago

Good to know next time I file my flight plan.

Retirement flight

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u/jaj040 7d ago

Now airlines will up charge passengers to be on a retirement flight.

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u/laquecuelga 7d ago

I'm sorry you had to go to EWR

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u/MirthMan732 7d ago

You’re not kidding. That’s my home airport I fly out of there every time... not that JFK or LaGuardia are better but EWR can be rough that’s for sure.

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u/Toverick7 7d ago

My dad retired from Delta 2 weeks ago and they wouldn’t do the water cannons for him and said they don’t do them anymore. So we created our own for him with the hose in the driveway.

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u/celesteb4 7d ago

I recently saw a video clip of a family doing the same for their dad retiring from South African Airways. Sometimes you need to improvise

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u/Ying6707 7d ago

Knowing the situation at South African Airways, he probably had no choice but to retire lol

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u/thequeernextdoor 7d ago

What's the situation?

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u/Cincy2000 7d ago

They don’t exist anymore lol

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u/TanderZA 7d ago

SAA is still very much around… grounded for the most part. But still around and still a legal entity.

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u/h3yw00d 7d ago

My great uncle retired from delta 30ish years ago, his family (myself included) were allowed on the tarmac to watch the plane taxi in and get the cannons. I'm sorry tour father wasn't able to experience that. At least you guys made do with your own celebration.

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u/TheZombieMolester 7d ago

I mean it does seem a bit wasteful

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u/FoxtrotSierraTango 7d ago

Yeah, but the trucks do need to regularly test their gear. Scheduling a test to coincide with a celebration of some sort just makes sense.

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u/Metalatitsfinest 7d ago

True, and I’m sure this isn’t done that often either per airport.

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u/Washout22 7d ago

At ord they had to stop for awhile due to all the retirements.

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u/ElusiveSnowman 7d ago

Same reason why fighter jets fly over sporting events. It's given them training hours. I remember people were quite upset about military spending for sporting events not too long ago.

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u/rsn1990 7d ago

Meh. The water is going to evaporate and come down as rain anyway. And I’m sure they only do it for a couple minutes at most.

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u/PM_ME_CATS_OR_BOOBS 7d ago

Depending on where you are in the nation, I'm not sure about water evaporation when it's 10 degrees out

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u/schwander 7d ago

This is because one team used fire retardant chemicals instead of water and fucked up a lot of people's days. After that incident they don't do the water retirements anymore

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u/S8600E56 7d ago

"Dry your plane off before you check out"

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u/unitdeltaplus 7d ago

This plane is wet This plane is wet This plane is wet This plane is wet

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u/Professional_Ad6123 7d ago

gets a call 20 mins after retiring hey the plane is soaked.....?

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u/shaftofbread 7d ago

This often also happens when the aeroplane itself retires, or when a significant new aeroplane joins a fleet. I was lucky enough to be at Sydney YSSY on the day in 1998 that the last Qantas Airbus A300 left the fleet; it was farewelled in this way.

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u/duckjackgo 7d ago

Or when a new flight is launched! In 2007, I was lucky enough to be an the inaugural flight on Alaska Air for its first nonstop from Portland to Boston. It was such a neat way to get a send off! All of the passengers got a hot meal and little goodie bags. And there was cake at the Boston gate when we landed!!

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u/peter-doubt 7d ago

That's a tradition from the maritime industry... A ship is thus saluted by fireboats.

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u/peter-doubt 7d ago

Airlines borrow lots from shipping... As Star Trek from the Navy.

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u/kuzinrob 7d ago

I also heard they do this when the plane is quite dirty.

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u/omnomnomgnome 7d ago

yeah, just a little less celebratory

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u/Vegan-Daddio 7d ago

Passenger: "Excuse me, why are there fire engines spraying water on the plane while we take off?"

Flight attendent: "Oh they're retiring this plane after this flight. It's so old and needs repairs so they've said it can't go one more flight past this or else it will fall from the sky and burn all the passengers alive. But don't worry, it should be good for this one flight."

Passenger: "Oh.. O-okay..."

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u/pwnstar 7d ago

"please proceed to de-icing, it's -20 out"

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u/sh_t72 7d ago

Update: Ice forms on wings... crew and passengers permanently retired.

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u/Fritzerbacon 7d ago

I thought it was just deicer as well..

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u/aslsquared 7d ago

Nah, the deicing happens usually at the gate, but always while the aircraft is parked and is much more concentrated and aimed than this.

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u/scodaddler 7d ago

Deicing doesn't take place at the gate in most airports, there are environmental regulations to collect the glycol which can only be done at designated de-ice pads.

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_CATS_PAWS 7d ago

Idk why you got downvoted when this is exactly right.

My dad worked the de-icing operations at our airport, there’s multiple little buildings away from the terminal and gate area, closer to the runways. De-ice on the pad and get moved quickly for take off to avoid ice building back up.

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u/xlvi_et_ii 7d ago

Not sure why they got down votes either but some airports plug off their storm water on the apron and deice at the gate if it's busy. The glycol is then picked up by a pump truck and dumped into the glycol infrastructure.

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u/Conrad-W 7d ago

Most people dont fly enough to know better. I've almost never been deiced at the gates.

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u/jamesholden68 7d ago

I've never been de-iced at a gate - they've always gone to a different location that is set up on the apron before they taxi to the runway.

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u/rmagnum55 7d ago

They only do this after the plane has landed. There's about a 20-60 minute turn around giving them time to properly deice.

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u/GroundWire6AWG 7d ago edited 7d ago

I saw the water salute twice. Both times were after first landings of an airline new to a given airport. Southwest airlines at GSP and British Airways, I believe, at CLT. The latter had a big cake and balloons at the arrival gate to celebrate. I was just walking past trying to get home.

Here's the one at GSP. Happened in March of 2011.

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u/celerydonut 7d ago

It’s funny all the people on here using the three letter abbreviations for airports. Is that shit common knowledge?

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u/undtermined 7d ago

It kind of is! It's the code that shows up on your ticket. Examples are like lax or jfk. If you see a 4 letter code like klax, it's referring to the same location, but using the ICAO pilot code. Not the airline code.

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u/Scyhaz 7d ago

The only one I know offhand is DTW cause that's my local airport.

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u/whatthefrenchtoast2 7d ago

Down to what?

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u/DankVectorz 7d ago

K means it’s in the Continental US. C means Canada. P is Alaska and Hawaii. E and L is Europe. Z is China. M is Mexico. S is South America. D G H F is Africa. U is Russia. O is the Middle East and SW Asia. V is India and Southeast Asia. R is Japan and Philippines. W and A is Indonesia/Malaysia/Singapore that area. Y is Australia.

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u/42Characters 7d ago

That’s pretty much the only way we refer to most airports in the US, especially the large ones where the area is obvious like LAX, DFW, ATL.

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u/omg_yeti 7d ago

If you fly a lot it becomes second nature.

Some are easy and make sense just by seeing them, like DFW or LAX. CDG is probably not one you’ll know just by seeing the letters the first time though. FRA might sound like France, but it’s Frankfurt, Germany. I enjoy learning them as a sort of trivia thing.

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u/binarycow 7d ago

SDF - Louisville, KY

Another example of the not-so-obvious.

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u/Scarya 7d ago

When you fly a lot, absolutely. I’ve been platinum or higher with Delta for the last ten years (100+ flights a year) and it’s just easier to use the airport codes.

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u/BeerBrofessor 7d ago

Kinda weird that they would have this out for the passengers too, you think the cake would be reserved for crew. I would do the same as you, like cool you got a new plane, I don’t give a shit though, my cats miss me.

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u/fugginhellbro 7d ago

They do this for retiring porn stars as well.

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u/brain_diarrhea 7d ago

Do they use water?

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u/_Diskreet_ 7d ago

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u/hexaltheninja 7d ago

...

Well uh,

Shh. It's a industry secret.

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u/fugginhellbro 7d ago

After the scene, yes.

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u/omnomnomgnome 7d ago

also to christen the new ones

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u/pluvieuxx 7d ago

sort of!

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u/fugginhellbro 7d ago

In a general kind of way.

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u/vassago68 7d ago

They did this for my unit when we came back from Iraq as well.

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u/bluesnakes321 7d ago

And I feel bad for leaving the tap on when I brush my teeth...

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u/DaBooch425 7d ago

Try working in a brewery, Our water bills are out of this world

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u/GotCapped 7d ago

Why is there so much waste water? That is interesting

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u/SquatnastyMcPoot 7d ago

Ahh yes! I really like this! Brings back memories!

  • R. Kelley

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u/theWet_Bandits 7d ago

He really took the “art” out of “rap artist”

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u/Kastillex 7d ago

Former watersports champion

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u/tenjed35 7d ago

Got to see this in Houston - a friend of mine’s dad was a Southwest pilot. Pretty cool. The passengers didn’t know what the hell was going on for a few minutes!

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u/MightyCaseyStruckOut 7d ago

I'd be one of the passengers who wasn't paying attention only to look out the window and think, 'wow, it's really coming down out there!'

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u/tenjed35 7d ago

One lady totally freaked out thinking the plane was on fire or something. We had some booze to hand out to anyone who wanted to celebrate with us - she had like 3 cups 😂

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u/LotusSloth 7d ago

They symbolically wash away the years of disgusting and unappreciative passengers.

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u/Hey_u_ok 7d ago

Texans without water right now be like: ARE KIDDING ME?!?! (get the buckets!)

btw: I live here

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u/Stuf404 7d ago

When they do it at an airport its a "retirement salute". When me and the boys do this to the guys leaving the bathroom it's "assault".

Can't win.

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u/kingtaco_17 7d ago

When I do this on my driveway it’s called “wasting water.”

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u/Hellhound2007 7d ago

And where i live i get fined 40$ for it...

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u/brazentory 7d ago

It’s pretty cool. My dad retired from United so we took his last flight he piloted. The flight attendants handed out his bio with his picture and that it was his last flight. And what to expect. He got to pick the city and we celebrated his retirement in the city he chose.

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u/Toverick7 7d ago

Yeah we just did that two weeks ago for my dad’s last flight. Everyone on the flight signed the manifest, and wrote him personalized thank you cards and my brother got to make a speech/announcement over the intercom. It was pretty great! Then when we landed we go to go out on the tarmac and take pictures with him and the plane.

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u/Killerbee499 7d ago

Airline let you choose which city if it’s your last flight? I thought you guys just took a flight of his from point A to point B that was already decided.

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u/brazentory 7d ago

As long as it’s a normal city you you fly into. My father flew international flights last half of career so he flew into major cities. He chose San Francisco. Since he’s originally from CA. We met up with his brothers and sisters who drove into city for a dinner downtown.

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u/kernel-troutman 7d ago

When a baggage handler retires they let him choose one of the ipods or dildos they've pilfered over the years.

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u/PastTiger 7d ago

cries softly in Californian drought

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u/jlmckelvey91 7d ago

I had a flight back in January which was the final flight of the pilot's career, and no one sprayed water on our plane. It was American Airlines too. So this might not always be a thing.

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u/DubyaDawg46 7d ago

Lots of mandatory retirements due to Covid this year in the airlines, so unfortunately most of them didn’t get a send off like this.

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u/Audomadic 7d ago

California farmers have entered the chat

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u/ShockterDockaloo 7d ago

I’d like to know the symbolism behind this tradition, and maybe how/when it started.

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u/A_Fast_German_Car 7d ago

It’s rooted in the Saber Arch from formal military events (e.g. weddings). They do it as a christening/baptism for new planes and inaugural flights on a new major route. And as a show of respect for the retirement of a pilot or of an aircraft.

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u/Tantalus4200 7d ago

We also got one on return from iraq

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u/AllNightPony 7d ago

This is also helpful when your 777's engine is on fire.

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u/man_of_the_ocean 7d ago

kids in Africa watching this: 👁👄👁

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u/FuckYeahRob 7d ago

I was thinking of the people in Flint, lol

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u/RedditEvanEleven 7d ago

Fun fact: There is water in Africa

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u/Maks244 7d ago

No, that can't be! What about the commercials?!

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u/20CharacterLimitOnly 7d ago

A guy that I worked with said he got hosed at retirement too!

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u/Foreseti 7d ago

Used to work at an airport until Covid put an end to that. We did this anytime a new airline had their first arrival as well!

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u/AmazingSpdrMan1 7d ago

My grandpa was an air force colonel and they do this too... but they wait for the pilot to exit the plane to blast them, a lot more painful

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u/blue_13 7d ago

Yeah, with pressurized water extinguishers too. Not fun. Haha.

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u/tramadoc 7d ago

No we don’t. You can hurt someone seriously with a water stream from an ARFF turret. We do a wash down of the aircraft while the pilot taxi’s to their parking spot using our ARFF trucks. One on each side of the aircraft.

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u/AmazingSpdrMan1 7d ago

I only imagined things may have changed! The 1998 last flight video I have of my grandfather shows otherwise, and of course it isn’t necessarily full blast

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u/scarlos2k 7d ago

Maybe give them a bottle of champagne and stop wasting all that water?

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u/Octo_Eightsteppin 7d ago

Spray champagne on the plane

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u/Ghibli_lives_in_me 7d ago

Navy pilots do this too

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u/jcruz70 7d ago

Cool stuff!!

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u/MxRacer111 7d ago

You think this is cool, you should see what they do for people that work at sperm banks!

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u/[deleted] 7d ago edited 7d ago

I wonder how much water you can shoot into a jet engine before it stalls or shuts down.

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u/SchemeWork 7d ago

Probably a lot, otherwise planes would be falling from the sky everytime it rained.

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u/Rabid_Chocobo 7d ago

I like to think the pilot announced to the cabin right after takeoff that this would be his "last" time flying a plane without going into further detail, making everyone slightly uncomfortable.

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u/Laznasty 7d ago

People in Africa be like wtf?

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u/Ninetnine 7d ago

Same thing happens when a pornstar retires, just a little differently.

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u/9855c_SB 7d ago

Like a final little "fuck you planet earth" after a whole career of doing so.

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u/PrsnSingh 7d ago

What a waste of water.

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u/cdubbush 7d ago

Waste of water, give the man a watch

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u/weebwarrior2019 7d ago

Wouldn’t that be a waste of time?

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u/aMuslimPerson 7d ago

It'd be a waist of time for his wrist.

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u/JohnDivney 7d ago

It's jetfuel. They do a kind of Viking send off next.

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u/Djasdalabala 7d ago

NGL it was my first thought, but the environmental cost of non-drinkable water can be very low.

It could just be collected rainwater, going back into the environment after a short stint in a tank.

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u/tinnitustinnitus 7d ago

This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen

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u/halcyondreamzsz 7d ago

This seems wasteful.

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u/hshah21 7d ago

Few questions: 1) How many years does a commercial plane last? 2) what defines it retirement? 3) What happens to it once it is retired? Does it get scrapped?

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u/hcloud_001 7d ago

I think the retirement is referring to the pilot, not the aircraft, but good questions notheless!

  1. Depends entirely on the manufacture, maintenance, and use. Most planes may last anywhere from 10-30 years. There are airframes still in service from the 60's & 70's. This isnt even including retrofits on old airframes to modernize them.
  2. Airframe retirement is based on two things: what the airline wants/needs & physical condition of the aircraft.
  3. As for retirement, If its the first item, the airline will usually sell the plane to another company, to make more money off it. The airframe will go on to be used by this new company until they choose to remove it from service, or it breaks. The second item will usually end in a scrapyard.

Hope this helps!

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u/Televators1 7d ago

Skeet skeet

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u/jradams108 7d ago

pretty fucking stupid ngl

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u/dinchidomi 7d ago

Kids in 3rd world countries be looking at this like....

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u/RetrogradeUranus 7d ago

Is this a euphemism regarding the mile high club?

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u/letsgokings13 7d ago

Waste of water

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u/Tunapizzacat 7d ago

I’m sad I had to scroll so far for this comment.

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u/SchemeWork 7d ago

Funny you should mention, this is actually waste water. Not potable drinking water. Its actually a responsible use of the waste water.

I'd imagine the city would have something to say with airlines dumping expensive drinking water all over the tarmac while providing their passengers with less than adequate drinking water. But who knows, maybe all of the folks who work in the airline industry and the city public works folks have spent less time thinking about it than the 4 seconds you did before you fired off this uneducated hot take.

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