Deadheading (aeronautics)

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In aviation, deadheading is the practice of carrying members of an airline's flight staff free of charge when they are not working. This most often happens when airline crew are located in the wrong place and need to travel to take up their duties (positioning).

Confidence trickster Frank Abagnale impersonated a pilot and supposedly deadheaded on more than 250 flights.[1]

In 1994, on Fedex Flight 705, employee Auburn Calloway attempted to crash the plane he was deadheading on.[2]

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  1. ^ Skywayman: The Story of Frank W. Abagnale Jr., by Rachel Bell,
  2. ^ True Crimes: The Man Who Hijacked a Cargo Jet, by Kara Kovalchik,