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Airline pilot reveals the meanings of 23 code words passengers don't understand

Business Insider Logo By Benjamin Zhang of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 24: Patrick Smith is an author, aviation blogger, and commercial airline pilot.He compiled a list of commonly misunderstood airline terms for his site, AskThePilot. For most of us, flying is still an inherently mysterious activity. To shed some light on the world of commercial air travel, Business Insider turned to Patrick Smith for some answers. Smith is not only an author and aviation blogger, but he is also a long-time commercial airline pilot flying Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 jets. Smith, who wrote "Cockpit Confidential," compiled a glossary of commonly misunderstood airline jargon on his website, AskThePilot. According to Smith, some of the terms are highly technological while others are quite humorous and even a bit absurd. Here's a selection of entries:

  • Patrick Smith is an author, aviation blogger, and commercial airline pilot.
  • He compiled a list of commonly misunderstood airline terms for his site, AskThePilot.
  • For most of us, flying is still an inherently mysterious activity.

    To shed some light on the world of commercial air travel, Business Insider turned to Patrick Smith for some answers. Smith is not only an author and aviation blogger, but he is also a long-time commercial airline pilot flying Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 jets.

    Smith, who wrote "Cockpit Confidential," compiled a glossary of commonly misunderstood airline jargon on his website, AskThePilot.

    According to Smith, some of the terms are highly technological while others are quite humorous and even a bit absurd. Here's a selection of entries:

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