It’s not often you’ll notice the “wing walkers” who help guide out your aircraft as you push back unless you’re specifically looking for them. They’re there to make sure that your plane pushes back safely without colliding with anything else on the ground. Really they’re there for the tug driver, to advise him/her if they notice any potential danger.
Typically the most memorable ground crew are at airports in Japan. Once push back is complete and they’ve finished their duties, they’ll line up next to the plane and wave as you begin your taxi. If you haven’t noticed it, look for it the next time you depart the airport.
However, I don’t think any ground crew has quite as much fun with their job at this guy, who was recorded by a Facebook user at Rochester Airport just a few days ago. Here’s a video of his epic dance moves as a plane pushes back:
So this just happened out my window as I was leaving New York headed back home to Nashville. This guy rocks! #TarmacDancer #EmployeeOfTheMonth #TGIF #Southwest
Posted by Terry McBride on Friday, October 20, 2017
The guy can’t help but put a smile on my face for his positive attitude. I’m sure some will say he wasn’t doing his job properly and was too focused on his dance routine, though it looks to me like he was still looking in all directions. 😉
Apparently the guy works for a contract company, or else I would have said that maybe he was just doing his version of the Southwest Shuffle: