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Are you privy to the airport’s Code 10?



Unexpected airport announcements can raise passengers’ heckles and plumb the debts of travelers' anxieties.


C’mon, you know it’s true.

A few days ago, I was sitting in a crowd at the gate at Tampa International Airport, waiting for a flight. 
Looking up from my Kindle Fire, I was somewhat amused to see only the tops of more than 100 fellow passengers’ heads. 

Virtually everyone in the gate area was poking at an individual electronic device, be it a BlackBerry, an MP3 player, a tablet, a laptop computer, or an eBook reader.

Suddenly, a static-scrambled alert piped in over the loudspeaker.

“Code 10,” the voice said.

For a flash, heads popped up all around me. Then fingers began tapping on screens, faster than before.

“Is everyone Googling “Code 10” at once? I asked my fellow traveler.

Likely, they were doing just that. I have to admit – I was too.

Guess what we all found out, as we flushed out the answer.

In the banking world, Code 10 refers to a fraud alert. In urban lingo, Code 10 points to extreme awesomeness. Neither of those applied at the airport.

Nope, a Code 10 has nothing to do with national security, terrorism, or an escaped convict. It’s not a medical emergency, an aircraft malfunction, or a drug arrest.

OK, it’s a pot bust, but not what folks were thinking.

Code 10, in an airport, refers to a clogged toilet. It’s a distress call, for sure, but it’s aimed at the maintenance department, not the TSA officials. A Code 10 at the airport means a lavatory is 10-7, or out of service.

WTH?

All of a sudden, I wanted to be in Evansville, Indiana, where the airport code is EW. Or maybe Fargo, North Dakota, whose code is FAR.

But definitely not Wenatchee, Washington, with a code that spells EAT, or Yuma, Arizona, which is tagged YUM. Not for a while, anyway.

10-4. Roger that.

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Tampa Airport Outside
and Terminal
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14 comments:

  1. Tampa seems to have at least one code 10 every hour. What do people eat before going to the airport here?

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  2. Lol I'm also at TPA and googled code 10 out of concern!

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  3. Just did exactly the same! Love Florida!

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  4. The mysterious Code 35 just announced!

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  5. And boom goes the dynamite...code 10!

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  6. Lol- I'm at TPA googling code 10. Seems to be a regular thing here.

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  7. Here doing the same at TPA. Third one this hour

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  8. I've heard 2 code 10s on a hour

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  9. Also just heard a code 10 at Tampa terminal E. And googled the hell out of it.

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  10. Ha, this just happened to me too! Thanks for the Post!

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  11. Ha, this just happened to me too! Thanks for the Post!

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  12. Code 10 and 35 during the same announcement! TPA of course.

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