Ground Crew Disables “Possessed” Catering Cart At ORD


Of all the dangers associated with air travel and, in particular, for those servicing aircraft at a busy airport like Chicago O’Hare, a catering cart with a jammed accelerator probably isn’t at the top of the list. But it happened to an American Airlines crew there on Monday. What at first appears entirely comical could have turned ugly for the ERJ waiting at the gate but for the quick actions of the ground crew—one of whom grabbed a tug and disabled the cart in spectacular fashion.

Marc Cook
KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for more than 30 years. He is a 4000-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Sportsman 2+2, and currently flies a 2002 GlaStar.

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  1. Nice work! Way to protect your co-workers, company, and passengers. Hello, Doug Parker, this guy needs to be rewarded. If he had sat back and watched, AA would be dealing with a disabled aircraft, and some inconvenienced passengers right now. Peanuts compared to the cost of the spilled peanuts. (Sadly, I doubt this guy will even get a thank you from the company.)

    • Indeed, that work person saved AA tens of hundreds of dollars of potential repairs. Notice how darn close it came to hitting the aircraft?

      AA could publicly recommend that person and give her or him a raise, at the very a bonus.

  2. Minor correction: the airplane at the gate that was almost trashed by that cart is an EMB-145 (aka ERJ-145), not a CRJ. There is a CRJ-200 pushing off the gate on the other side of the alley.