This Is What Those Airport Taxiway Signs Mean

When your plane is taking forever to taxi to the runway, find out where you're really headed.

By Bridget McCusker, Reader's Digest

The worst part of every flight is indubitably the time before you even get off the ground. The plane is packed, everyone is anxious to get off the ground, and the pilot is taking upward of 15 minutes to taxi around the airport. Is the airport even this big? Where could this plane possibly be going? For something that’s about to take us thousands of feet into the air at over 300 miles per hour, we certainly don’t know much about planes—check out these 32 things your pilot won’t tell you to fill some of those knowledge gaps.

There’s actually a pretty complex system of taxiways and runways that pilots have to navigate before each flight, but luckily, they are well-marked—so even passengers can follow along if they know what they’re looking at! The signs that appear most frequently on taxiways are black and yellow and have numbers or letters on them. Letters denote taxiways, while numbers indicate runways, according to The Points Guy.

A black sign with yellow letters means that you’re on the taxiway it identifies. So, if you see a yellow letter “B” on a black sign, you’re on taxiway B. Often, these are accompanied by directions to other taxiways, the signs of which are yellow with black lettering and a black arrow that points to where that taxiway is located. They will always be on the left side of the taxiway before the intersection, according to the FAA, and are arranged from left to right based on their location, clockwise, in the intersection. The same color rules hold true for numbered signs; the numbers just mean that it’s a runway instead of a taxiway. Back on the plane, here are some hidden airplane features you didn’t know existed.

If you think those red signs look a little more urgent, it’s because they are! Pilots need special clearance to pass these because they indicate that the plane is headed for the intersection of a runway, where another plane could be gearing up to take off. So if you’re feeling impatient while taxiing before your next flight, remember that it’s because your pilot is following certain rules to keep you safe. Nervous fliers, check out these facts about flying that will help you stay calm on your next flight.
Travel & Vacations, Who Knew



Accessories,8,Art,24,Autos,15,Beauty,201,Bollywood,9,Books,5,Business,119,Career & Education,39,Cars,8,Cartoons,8,Celebrities,18,Consumer Trends,6,Crime,45,Design,10,Destinations,104,Economy,2,Entertainment,209,Environment,14,Exhibition,7,Family,3,Fashion,495,Features,54,Fitness,71,Food,103,Food and Drinks,9,Games,21,Gastronomy,9,Health,3968,Hollywood,2,Home and Decor,13,Home and Garden,3,Hotels,31,Household,1,Internet,26,Juicy,255,Lifestyle,3181,Local,12,Mortgages,2,Movie,46,Movie Reviews,3,Music,54,Music Review,2,New York,1,Newsmakers,6,Odd News,163,Offbeat,760,Opinion,53,People,35,Photos,106,Politics,17,Protest,2,Real Estate,51,Relationships,54,Restaurants,29,Restaurants & Gastronomy,3,Science,91,Sports,153,Technology,434,Top News,78,Transport,30,Travel,4159,Trends,6,TV,11,U.S.,365,Weather,3,Women's,984,World,94,
U.S. Daily News: This Is What Those Airport Taxiway Signs Mean
This Is What Those Airport Taxiway Signs Mean
U.S. Daily News
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy