Monitor the flight's progress online to be sure the airplane has departed on time.
An escort pass will not give you access to that part of the airport.Your escort pass will allow you to go through airport security screening with your loved one or friend and accompany that person to the departure gate.Note: Passengers arriving from another country will have to go through Customs and Immigration before you can meet them.In Alice Vaticano's case, a family member or friend could have accompanied her all the way to her gate by obtaining an escort pass from Southwest Airlines.Escort passes are not the solution to all gate-related problems, but they do allow family members to take their minor children, grandchildren, and relatives with mobility issues or disabilities to departure gates.How many people are too tall, or too fat or too little for ejection seat?If you are picking someone up from a domestic flight, you will need to go through the airport security checkpoint before meeting that person at the arrival gate.Especially post-911 it became paramount to ensure that such aircraft form no threat to cities and other places where crashing an aircraft into them would cause serious damage.While no one should ever be left alone by a wheelchair attendant, these cases highlight the benefits of getting an airport escort pass and point out some of the drawbacks of current airport security protocols.So you get up, and lo, you accidentally hit the handle.
Do not leave the airport until the flight has taken off.
So, we don't put them in airliners.In most cases, there is not even the time for crew to issue an "eject" command.Southwest Airlines also made the headlines in August 2014 when 85-year-old Alice Vaticano missed her flight from Newark to Denver because a wheelchair attendant left her somewhere between the check-in counter and her departure gate.In this specific case it may have been overreaction to a madman with a fake bomb, but not knowing whether the threat was real or not it's easier to send up the fighters and later recall them than to have to explain to congress and.Accordingly, having a clear path to ejection through the canopy is something that can be done, and the weight of the ejection seat and mechanism is something that can be fitted in the design, even if it makes the seat twice as heavy.And if the later, what would happen if your neigbour on the next seat decides to pull the handle, "just to see what happens"?Unlike military fighter pilots who get in from the top and have to remain seated for the whole (usually short) flight, most passenger will get up and move around during flights that last 6 to 10 hours or more (I am sure not many can.Also, ejection seats have restrictions.Nearly 30 years ago, my best friend applied to be in the air force.So jet fighters are scrambled to escort the aircraft until it's on the ground somewhere or the threat otherwise neutralised (say the attempted hijacking foiled by people on board).You may not be able to get an escort pass when you get to the airport.The point is that military planes mission is not to carry people around, so they do not have to deal with 100 or 200 people.At the other end of the scale, how would an ejection seat deal with an infant or small children?
Contact the airline and airport police if your loved one or friend does not arrive in a reasonable amount of time, particularly if you notice the arrival of other passengers from the same flight.