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Secret code used by crew to reveal corpses on planes

October 11, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

For many of us, the abbreviation HR signifies human resources – but reports from the US suggest that to cabin and flight crew, it has a different meaning. 

When flight crew and flight attendants communicate over aircraft public address systems, passengers can often overhear them so they sometimes use code words to discretely convey their message.

A strange (and at times amusing) Reddit thread is asking present or former airline employees to reveal secrets passengers don’t know.

One correspondent, using the name of mrmiguez, says he was a ramp agent for Delta.

According to his story, “A lot of freight gets shipped on commercial flights” and the code name for one item is HR.

“HR was an abbreviation for ‘Human Remains’. Some people die far away from where they want to get buried. They’re packed in wood-framed boxes, so you would never know what was inside except by the strange shape of them.”

So HR, at least in America, signifies that there’s a dead body in the cargo, according to mrmiguez, who adds that some of the boxes are “a bitch to handle” and very heavy.

All kinds of other bizarre stories have been posted on the thread, some of them impossible to verify. A discussion of poor wages among pilots in the US includes the following: “There was a crash a few years ago and it turned out the pilot was tired because she just had a full shift as a waitress at waffle house…”

Is it true, or is it waffle?

Another tip from same thread: “Bring an unopened bag of or box of chocolates for the flight crew, especially long flights… they’ll treat you like a king for the whole flight.”

There are many strange tales in that thread, including one or two about embarrassing items discovered in baggage. The link is:

Written by Peter Needham

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