Last Call: Baggage Claim Edition

Baggage Claim
From Boeing:

When a jet engine operates, it creates a low-air-pressure area in the inlet. This low-pressure area causes a large quantity of air from the area forward of the inlet cowl to go into the engine. The air that is near the inlet cowl moves at a much higher velocity than air that is farther from the inlet. As a result, the amount of engine suction is small until one nears the inlet, where the suction increases significantly.

And that ma’am, is why your bags didn’t arrive on time.
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  1. The Real Number_Six Avatar
    The Real Number_Six

    Two LAX baggage handlers were later charged in connection with illegal hazing activity leading to the incident.
    The victim stated, “first they asked me to fetch a skyhook to hold down a blimp, then they told me the cargo containers get sucked up into the airplane, like by magic…”

  2. Alff Avatar

    That sucks.

  3. karonetwentyc Avatar

    Completely unrelated to anything else: as the seller has now apparently received a replacement title, we are now the proud owners of a 1983 Peugeot 505. This one has the XN6 2.0-litre gas engine and 5-speed gearbox, not unlike the first 505 (a 1985 model) that I bought back in 1998 after the first car I owned in the US (a 1989 Peugeot 405 DL automatic) was totalled in a hit-and-run.
    Collection is another matter – we’re 400 miles away from the car, which is in another State. It runs, but has been sitting for two years so the idea of driving it back doesn’t seem like the best one in the worl. Truck and trailer to be sorted out soon; with luck, we’ll have it this weekend, but it may be the weekend after.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Congrats! So you’re saying picking up the car can either brew up to be a good story; or you can be smart about it?

      1. karonetwentyc Avatar

        Thanks! I’m really looking forward to this – I haven’t had a rear-drive Peugeot since 2006, and my wife has never driven a rear-drive car. 505s are pretty forgiving, so it’s a good one for her to cut her teeth on and I really do like how they drive.
        In any event, this could go both ways. Part of me wants to just go grab it, drive it back, and see what happens. We’ve got the modern, reliable car to follow behind and a couple of boxes of tools and emergency bits to stick in it just in case… So it can’t be that bad, can it?
        There’s also the other part of me that’s looking at it practically: I haven’t actually driven this 505 yet (more detail on that in a later post), so have no idea what sort of state the brakes, steering, clutch, gearbox, or cooling system are in. When we looked at it, the car had no battery; we were able to get enough power to it via jump leads to turn it over without a battery, but it never fully caught and ran. The owner was finally able to get me video of it running – but that’s just video. Without seat time, I have no idea what we’re really walking into.
        Granted, I’ve had my share of dicey cars in the past, so at least have some idea of how to handle these things – but the car has also been off the road and unregistered for two years. We’re going to have to collect it on a weekend, so can’t take care of that before we leave. The prospect of a 400-mile drive in a car I know nothing about and that is a cop magnet for being unregistered just sounds like a bad idea.
        One way or another, we’ll get it figured out. I’m hoping to know more by Wednesday or Thursday.

    2. peugeotdude505 Avatar

      Way to go!

      1. karonetwentyc Avatar


  4. dukeisduke Avatar

    The airplane is a former JAL 747-446 (cn 27646), first flight 07/20/2001, retired by JAL in 2010:|||||||1|||||JA8922|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||&newsort=16
    The incident occurred May 11, 2009 at LAX:
    To add insult to injury, the tow bar subsequently broke, after the ground crew forgot to insert the bypass pin in the nose gear. The passengers had to be deplaned via a stair truck.
    Starting last month, operating with Rossiya Airlines as EI-XLJ.

    1. karonetwentyc Avatar

      I may have not fully understood that last sentence, but do I take it that Rossiya Airlines is obtaining Irish registry for their aircraft? EI-XLJ would be an Irish identifier, I believe.

  5. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    That is not the proper way of giving to Unicef.