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Old Aug 20, 15, 7:57 pm
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Tarmac options

sitting on plane at mco. Can't pull into gate due to lightning. We landed a little over 2 hours ago. At what point do they change our situation? Any? We are at destination just can't get to gate because ramp guys can't be out in lightning. If storm lasts another couple hours what happens?? Just sit here till storm ends however long that takes??
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Old Aug 20, 15, 8:39 pm
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Have another drink and hope the heads don't overflow.
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Old Aug 20, 15, 8:49 pm
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Ask for a blanket and pillow, you're going to be spending the night in a 737...
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Old Aug 20, 15, 8:55 pm
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sitting on plane at mco. Can't pull into gate due to lightning. We landed a little over 2 hours ago. At what point do they change our situation? Any? We are at destination just can't get to gate because ramp guys can't be out in lightning. If storm lasts another couple hours what happens?? Just sit here till storm ends however long that takes??
Any lightning activity closes the ramp for the duration of the lightning. So, you're pretty much stuck until it passes.
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Old Aug 20, 15, 9:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Newguy08 View Post
sitting on plane at mco. Can't pull into gate due to lightning. We landed a little over 2 hours ago. At what point do they change our situation? Any? We are at destination just can't get to gate because ramp guys can't be out in lightning. If storm lasts another couple hours what happens?? Just sit here till storm ends however long that takes??
Right. Would you care to be walking around outside in those conditions, while lightning strikes?

Neither would the ramp agents.
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Old Aug 20, 15, 9:30 pm
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I certainly do not know all the particulars about parking a plane at the gate but it seems this would be a process that could be accomplished with electronics if the system was developed.

On the other hand...maybe not or the airlines would probably have done it.
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Old Aug 20, 15, 9:48 pm
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So did you eventually get off the plane?
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Old Aug 20, 15, 10:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Newguy08 View Post
sitting on plane at mco. Can't pull into gate due to lightning. We landed a little over 2 hours ago. At what point do they change our situation? Any? We are at destination just can't get to gate because ramp guys can't be out in lightning. If storm lasts another couple hours what happens?? Just sit here till storm ends however long that takes??
Some stats the NWS published had Orange County Florida (Orlando) in the Top Ten list of counties most prone to lightening strikes.

As others have reported, lightening on or near the airport (+/- 5 miles) = rampers go inside and everything effectively grinds to a halt until the storm passes.

As of 11pm EDT, it appears the weather has weakened/moved off to the east. Did you finally make it to a gate?
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Old Aug 20, 15, 10:12 pm
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Yes, we've had quite the lightening show tonight. Hopefully the flight crew gets off the plane with enough rest time so the outbound flights in the morning aren't delayed.
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Old Aug 20, 15, 10:36 pm
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So if there is a hurricane or tornado you just sit on the tarmac as well there has to be a better way ....i guess if its a hurricane or a tornado and your on the tarmac but no lightning your good ☺
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Old Aug 20, 15, 11:09 pm
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So if there is a hurricane or tornado you just sit on the tarmac as well there has to be a better way ....i guess if its a hurricane or a tornado and your on the tarmac but no lightning your good ☺
Better way than what?

If there "is a hurricane", current NWS capabilities and improved accuracy typically provide a minimum of 72+ hours of official watch notification.

Likewise, NWS advance Tornado Warning capability and accuracy has improved significantly in recent years.

Orlando was under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning from 659pm until 8pm this evening. It does that there.
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Originally Posted by steved5480 View Post
Some stats the NWS published had Orange County Florida (Orlando) in the Top Ten list of counties most prone to lightening strikes.

As others have reported, lightening on or near the airport (+/- 5 miles) = rampers go inside and everything effectively grinds to a halt until the storm passes.

As of 11pm EDT, it appears the weather has weakened/moved off to the east. Did you finally make it to a gate?
light·en·ing
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a drop in the level of the uterus during the last weeks of pregnancy as the head of the fetus engages in the pelvis.

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Old Aug 21, 15, 5:59 am
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We did end up getting off, funnily enough only a few mins after I posted. Should have asked sooner ��. That was the first time I've had it that bad. We landed and they tried to set expectations "going to be a while, 30-40 mins" and lightning just wouldn't stop. Every time it got close to opening we would get another strike in the zone. Delta did pretty good fwiw. Made plenty of rounds with water and coffee and offered a lovely snack at one point, even got to choose multiple peanuts, cookies, pretzels if we wanted. So they did what they could and kept is pretty well apprised of situation. Absolute madhouse getting off. They didn't close runway, just gates, so planes kept flying in so by time we got through the 3 hour Tarmac sit, there were a bunch of planes de-planing at same time which made passenger pickup and the trams an absolute joy!!
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Old Aug 21, 15, 9:32 am
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I was flying back from RSW after the July 4th weekend. As we were about to push back, the captain came out and announced that the ramp workers had to go inside due to the presence of lightning. Seeing a non-responsive audience on the plane he went on to say '.....I see, the ramp workers are expendable' - some of us did think that but came to our senses after thinking about it!
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Old Aug 21, 15, 9:42 am
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I am scientifically challenged so tell me please? What happens when lightning strikes the airplane?
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