Code words for passengers when traveling

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If you've ever boarded or sailed, you've probably heard the staff speak in a strange way. It's important to note that shipping company employees use special words and phrases that actually encode words in different situations. These coded messages can calm passengers and avoid panic.

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International company staff, ship managers, and employees of the city's transportation companies have revealed the meaning of their code phrases. It is used in various situations, so I would like to know what it means.

1. "5 days in Denmark"

For example, have you heard of a five-day stewardess in Denmark? And you never think they're talking about passengers, not actually talking about vacations. In this case, the number represents the line and the first letter of the country indicates the seat number. This is the code for a passenger sitting in 5D. Thanks to these phrases, the air hostess can talk about hot passengers without anyone knowing.

2. "Blue juice"

When talking about toilet failures, sailors use the phrase "blue juice." To avoid inconvenience, the stewardess wrote this code. As a result, you may hear flight attendants say "no juice left". Now you know what they really mean.

3. "Mayday"

Pilots and captains use this code to indicate life-threatening situations. However, in some countries, firefighters, police, and some transportation also use it. The chords are always repeated three times in a row (Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!) To avoid being confused by phrases with similar pronunciations.

Mayday is actually an English transcription of the French phrase Venez m'aider! (Come to help!).

4. “Pan-pan”

This is an emergency signal on a ship or on a plane and it comes from the French word panne that literally means breakdown. However, it is usually used to indicate a situation that doesn’t present any danger to people’s health but still needs fixing.

5. "Code Red"

I hope I don't actually hear this phrase, only in the movies. Code Red is used in the most difficult and extreme situations on an airplane, and in most cases this situation is associated with a serious technical problem or emergency landing.

6. The number of sounds

Aside from code words, there are also special sound notifications. Passengers can use them, for example, when they need to call a flight attendant. For this, they need to press the button above their seat. But in other situations, this sound can mean something different.

During landing, when all the seatbelts are fastened, one bell signals that the landing gear is being used, and the second bell during landing mean that flight attendants can leave their seats and should start the procedure of leading the passengers out of the plane.
3 short bells mean that the plane crew needs to return to their seats and listen to a message from the captain.

7. Numeric code

In addition to letters and sounds, numbers are used.7,500 is a transponder code that means the aircraft was hijacked or threatened by a hijacker. 7600 indicates a radio error. 7 700 is a more general emergency code. Steering personnel claim that there is another secret word that only the crew of a particular flight knows. A new code is selected just before each flight to give the captain a secret signal in the event of danger.

8. “Ditch”

The meaning of the code word Ditch can even be found in the dictionary now. It is used when landing in the water is necessary.

9. “Last-minute paperwork”

This phrase, which is used by pilots before their flight (something like, “we have last-minute paperwork”), actually means that the flight is delayed because of some unexpected situation. For example, the maintenance crew needs to check everything to make sure the plane is ready for the flight.

10. “Cabin Crew, arm doors and cross check”

If you have traveled by plane at least once in your life, you have probably heard the phrase “Cabin Crew, arm doors and cross check.” It is used before take-off and right after the landing of an aircraft in order to remind the crew members that they have to turn on and off the automatic inflation of the slides.

According to the aviation rules, the emergency slides must always be ready while the engines are working, in order to start an evacuation if necessary. Before take-off, a special handle on the door is turned to the “Armed” position. When the landing is complete, the handle is turned again to the “Disarmed” position so that when the doors are open, the slide will not inflate automatically. It seems simple, but there have been cases where flight attendants have forgotten to turn the handle, and the slide inflated right inside the airport, which caused a delay in the passengers leaving the plane.

This is why they use the code word “сross check.” So, every flight attendant will remember to check their handle and the one on the door in front of them.

11. “Purell, Purell, Purell”

“Purell” is a sanitizer brand, but on a plane or a ship this code word is repeated 3 times to call the cleaning service. It means that there is a passenger on board who is sick, and cleaning is necessary.

12. “Red Parties”

If you hear the message “Red Parties” on the radio, it means there is a fire or a possible fire on board a ship. The message is immediately followed by information about where the fire is.

13. “Priority 1” or “Priority 2”

There are more widely spread codes for emergency situations while at sea. For example, “Priority 1” stands for a possible fire on board a ship, and “Priority 2” signals a possible leak on board.

14. “Operation Bright Star”

“Operation Bright Star” on your cruise ship can signal a medical emergency to all the services nearby. If you hear the “Operation Rising Star” code word, it means that a passenger has died on board.

15. “Mr. Mob”

The code word “Mr. Mob” is used on ships to signal that a passenger is overboard. In this case, Mob is an acronym (man overboard). There is also a sound signal for this emergency — 3 long whistles.

16. “Code one”

“Code One” is often used on trains and cruise ships in order to signal that one of the passengers got hurt or injured and he or she needs medical attention.

17. “Mr. Sands”

The most famous code from the London Tube and railroads in Great Britain is Inspector Sands, or simply, “Mr. Sands.” It is used when there is an emergency situation, for example, a fire or a risk of explosion. It is also used in English theaters. This cipher is used because, in the past, fires were extinguished with buckets of sand.

18. “Mrs. Kate Fire Warning”

A person living in Amsterdam reported in their blog about an obvious cipher that he heard in the central railroad station, “Will Mrs. Kate Fire Warning please come to the information desk where Miss Shoe is waiting for her. I repeat, will Mrs. Kate Fire Warning please come to the information desk where Miss Shoe is waiting for her.”

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