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What is a Remove Before Flight Keychain, Tag, or Ribbon?

What is a Remove Before Flight Keychain, Tag, or Ribbon?

What is a Remove Before Flight Keychain, Tag, or Ribbon?

Do you know why parked planes have long Red Ribbons with written remove BEFORE FLIGHT on it?

Remove Before Flight KeyChain Tag 

Well at the end of these strips of fabric, there is sometimes either a small metal tube that slips into the pressure port to obstruct them or a cover that slips around the holes when it is quite big (ex: "Pitot" tube).

Indeed, a lot of parts on an aircraft are vulnerable and need to be properly covered or secured before a long parking time for safety.

That is why these red strips, also called sometimes red tags, are there to prevent pressure tapping on an aircraft that is clogged with dust, insects, or any other parasite that would disrupt these air intakes. But, Indeed, if they are plugged, most flight indicators are no longer operational or inaccurate, especially the anemometer. That is one of the reasons why during takeoff, the first thing to check is that the speed is displayed well!

 

Remove before flight 

This is is a safety warning often seen and used on removable Aircraft and Spacecraft components when parked, typically in the form of a Red ribbon or tag, to indicate that the Remove before flight  ribbon prevents the movement of mechanical parts of the airplane,

Of course, it is only used when the aircraft is on the ground (parked).

 Remove Before Flight KeyChain Tag 

Usually, on most small general aviation aircraft, this may often include a Pitot Tube cover or a control lock in the yoke or rudder. The warning appears in English only to be understood worldwide. Similar ribbons labeled like 'pull to launch" "pull to eject" "pull to arm" or similar are found on some missiles and other military weapon systems that are mounted outside the aircraft.

Those Remove before flight components are often referred to as "ribbons" or"red tag items".

Most of the time, the ground crew will have to refer to a checklist of remove before flight items.

That is why It is very common to see those key rings, Tag, T-shirts, bag tags, curtains ,belts, and other such products with this Remove before flight ribbon, especially for people who love or work in aviation or aviation enthusiasts.