Brian Dean Humor

Secret Airline Codes

Baggage tag with bar code

Air travelers know that every airport has a three-letter code, like LAX for Los Angeles (the code describes the airport security).

What most people don't know is that the airlines have secret codes for special destinations and problem passengers. Here's the list, obtained at great personal risk from the confidential files of a major airline.

MON (Middle of Nowhere) Use for passengers who want to get away from it all.  Note: this code is no longer used for Jamaica.

EOE (End of the Earth) For passengers who have already been to MON.

WRM Use when a passenger asks for "someplace warm." Then book the passenger on the next flight South.

ATL/SUB For passengers who want to go to Atlantis. The SUB part avoids confusion with Atlanta, and indicates the last part of the trip will be by submarine.

AGN For travelers who had such a good time, they want to go again.

CHP Pre-9/11, this code meant “cheapskate trying for most economical fare.” Now used for suspicious person, means “check his pockets.”

TZN For passengers who want to go to the Twilight Zone. Note: Never seat these passengers near a window.

POI Code for package tours to Hawaii.

HDZ (Hades) Use for someone who's going to Hell. Note: a hand-basket is considered carry-on luggage.

BUS Use for alternative transportation when someone says they hate flying.

EMR (Emerald City) For passengers who want to meet the Wizard.

SOD For Irish passengers returning to the Old Sod. (Passengers may request blarney or no-blarney seating.)

PUK Generic code for Canadian destinations.  (Replaces EH?.)

BUY For passengers going on a shopping trip. (Not to be confused with BYE, used for small passengers who are "going bye bye".)

HOM For tired travelers who just want to go home.

Other Special Codes

$$$ Gambling charters going to Las Vegas.

¢¢¢ Gambling charters returning from Las Vegas.

### For large passengers who need two seats.

&&& Warns crew this passenger makes frequent requests.

III Warns crew this passenger has a huge ego.

OOO Alerts crew this passenger fears flying.

PPP For pregnant women who need a seat near the lavatory.

UUU For passenger who blames the airline for any problem.

YYY Warns crew this passenger asks a lot of questions.

XXX For couples who want to join the Mile High Club.

WAH For any passenger with a crying baby. (Seat next to ZZZ.)

ZZZ Designates a passenger who wants to sleep during the flight.