Landing at Frankfurt Airport
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 98 12:17:04 -0700
Subject: Landing at Frankfurt Airport
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The German controllers at Frankfurt Airport are infamous for being short-
tempered. They not only expect you to know your parking location, but also
how to get there with no assistance from them. So it's with some amusement
that we're able to report the following exchange between Frankfurt ground
control and the pilot of a British Airways 747 (callsign Speedbird 206):
Speedbird: "Good morning Frankfurt, Speedbird 206, clear of the active."
Ground: "Guten morgan, taxi to your gate."
The BA 747 pulls onto the main taxiway and stops.
Ground (brusquely): "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"
Speedbird: "Standby ground, I'm looking up the gate location now."
Ground (with typical German impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you never been
to Frankfurt before?"
Speedbird (coolly): "Yes, several times in 1944, but I didn't stop..."
© 1998 Peter Langston