aka, interrupting their operations to have a little fun.
The Austin MegaDO is a really fun event. It’s a good chance to run around bar hopping with other fellow avgeeks, plus participate in travel-nerdy activities.
Like helping out at the airport.
We got to make the boarding announcements.
Did you know United’s system will alert you if someone tries to board out of order?
And we got up close and personal with the planes.
We loaded up the bags on a flight.
And we even got to de-ice. Which I was terrified of. As seen in this photo.
And this one.
But once I got up there, I was able to successfully de-ice.
And then I wanted to get back down immediately. At that point, I was shaking too much to control the lift, so the United employee kindly helped me get back down.
And why did the van need de-icing?
Well, aside from it being unseasonably cold in Austin, they didn’t want us to actually do the de-icing in this case because the fluid is apparently extremely expensive. And it is really important not to waste it.
All in all, a good avgeeky time was had by all! Thanks, United!